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Monday, August 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus Stuns Crowd At VMAs

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 Brooklyn, New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision via AP)

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 Brooklyn, New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision via AP)

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 band mates.

Cyrus twerked and gyrated, stripped and swayed. She sang, too.

She had a helper at the VMAs: Robin Thicke. After performing her edgy hit, “We Can’t Stop,” she stripped off her outfit to reveal a nude bikini.

She sang the first verse of Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” then grinded on the R&B singer and made suggestive moves with a foam hand.

Transcript

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI, HOST:

It's HERE AND NOW. And, Jeremy, did you happen to catch the "MTV Video Music Awards" last night?

(LAUGHTER)

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

I missed it. But my Twitter feed did blow up, and it was all about twerking.

CHAKRABARTI: Specifically, Miley Cyrus twerking.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MTV MUSIC AWARDS 2013")

HOBSON: Now, if you don't know already, twerking is defined as moving the body in a sexually suggestive twisting fashion, which is basically, I guess, you could say what Miley was doing last night.

CHAKRABARTI: Yeah. The former Disney star has been trying to reinvent herself since she turned 18 two years ago. And remember, Cyrus was Hannah Montana, a character who was a regular kid by day and a pop star by night.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MTV MUSIC AWARDS 2013")

MILEY CYRUS: (Singing) Red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere. Hands in the air like we don't care.

HOBSON: Well, that duality seems to have gone the way of the way of "The Mickey Mouse Club" for Miley Cyrus. Now, it appears, Meghna, that it is all about being a grown-up. She jumped out on stage last night surrounded by backup dancers with teddy bears on their backs performing her hit single "We Can't Stop."

CHAKRABARTI: Although a lot of people did want her to stop because a few minutes later, she was joined by singer Robin Thicke for a duet of his hit song "Blurred Lines," and then things got - how do I put this - graphic.

HOBSON: Yes. And I think Robin Thicke, you know, was a bit surprised. Cyrus was wearing a suggestive bikini and started twerking with Robin Thicke.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2013")

ROBIN THICKE: (Singing) Maybe I'm going deaf.

CHAKRABARTI: It stunned a lot of people. And now, everyone has an opinion on Cyrus. Some critics say she was trying to wipe away the sweet syrupy scent of the Magic Kingdom, but it did not work.

HOBSON: Others said, just get over it. Pierce Morgan from CNN tweeted, I don't understand all the fuss about Miley Cyrus. Some of us have been twerking for years.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2013")

THICKE: (Singing) That man is not your maker, and that's why I'm going to take a good girl. I know you want it.

CYRUS: (Singing) I know you want it.

THICKE: (Singing) You know I want it baby. Oh yes I do. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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