Robin Thicke, left, and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK – It may not be a good thing for her, but Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The provocative pop singer was the hot topic at Sunday night’s show: Cyrus eclipsed Lady Gaga’s opening performance of her new single, Katy Perry’s closing rendition of her latest hit and Kanye West’s artsy set. The 20-year-old even grabbed more attention than Justin Timberlake’s performance with his ‘N Sync mates.
Cyrus jerked and gyrated, stripped and swayed. She sang, too. She had a helper at the VMAs: Robin Thicke. It was an eye-popping performance, much like the party she’s having in her music video for “We Can’t Stop,” one of the most popular on YouTube.
Within hours, the BuzzFeed site was posting the “15 Weirdest and Craziest Moments” from Cyrus’ performance, which was aired live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brooke Shields, who played Cyrus’ mom in a few episodes of “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel, took note of that on the “Today” show Monday: “I was Hannah Montana’s mom! Where did I go wrong?” On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said the performance was “disgusting and embarrassing,” and that people involved should be ashamed. Twitter said early Monday that Cyrus was mentioned 4.5 million times on the social network site, ahead of Timberlake’s 2.9 million mentions. Cyrus and Thicke’s performance led in tweets per minute peaks with 306,100.
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