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Miley Cyrus twerks, stuns VMAs crowd – CNN

New York (CNN) — Lady Gaga has taken the MTV Video Music Awards stage covered in (fake) blood; wearing a dress made of meat and as her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone. But at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Miley Cyrus stole Gaga’s outrageous performance crown. While Gaga came equipped with multiple costume- and wig-changes on her side, Cyrus took over the stage with gigantic, dancing bears and more twerking than viewers at home probably knew what to do with.

Miley Cyrus twerks at VMAs

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Miley Cyrus stunned the crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 25. Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” performance featured her now-signature twerking and a crotch grab or two. After she donned the fuzzy gray leotard pictured here …

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… Miley Cyrus stripped down to a flesh-toned bra and panties while Robin Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar.

On receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Justin Timberlake took the VMAs audience back in time through his jams, from his new single “Take Back the Night” to “SexyBack” and “Cry Me a River.” And then …

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… ‘N Sync “surprised” the crowd when the group reunited on stage. It was only a brief interlude during JT’s performance, but it was awesome to see (from left) Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick making beautiful music together again.

Drake performed “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started From the Bottom.”

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Bruno Mars took to the VMAs stage in a leopard print button-down and performed his new single “Gorilla� among laser beams and bursts of fire.

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After being introduced by NBA player Jason Collins and A$AP Rocky, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their same-sex marriage equality song “Same Love” with Mary Lambert.

Kanye West performed a stirring rendition of “Blood on the Leaves” in silhouette, against a backdrop of Steve McQueen’s “Lynching Tree.”

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Lady Gaga returned to the VMAs stage for the first time in two years. She opened the show with her new single “Applause,” featuring the singer’s requisite multiple costume and hair changes, starting with this conceptual get-up …

… and ending in a sea-shell bra and flower-festooned thong.

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Katy Perry was ready to rumble while playing her chart-topping single “Roar� under the Brooklyn Bridge. The song closed out the VMAs.



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2013 VMAs: Performances

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Miley Cyrus became a household name for families when her Disney Channel television show, “Hannah Montana,� premiered in 2006. Cyrus, now 20, quickly rose to pop star fame and has been changing her appearance ever since. Here the singer attends a July 12 event in Los Angeles.

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The future pop star with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, in October 1994 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The father and daughter team make a New York appearance for the Disney Channel in February 2006.

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Cyrus performs during the Radio Disney Totally 10 Birthday Concert in July 2006 in Anaheim, California.

Cyrus appears at the 2007 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Cyrus arrives at a film premiere in Hollywood in January 2008.

Cyrus performs for ABC’s “Good Morning America” at New York’s Bryant Park in July 2008.

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Cyrus appears at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Westwood, California, in 2009.

Cyrus and her mother, Tish Cyrus, at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in January 2010 in Los Angeles.

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Cyrus performs at a music festival in June 2010 in Arganda del Rey, Spain.

The singer arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May 2012.

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The grown-up Cyrus performs during the “VH1 Divas” concert in Los Angeles in December.

Cyrus shows off her moves with Robin Thicke during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in

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Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, August 25.





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Photos: Evolution of Miley Cyrus

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Members of One Direction arrive at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, August 25. Take a look at other stars working the red carpet:

Rita Ora

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Austin Mahone

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Ronnie Magro

Ellie Goulding

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Ed Sheeran

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC

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Wiz Khalifa

Deena Cortese

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Vinny Guadagnino

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2 Chainz

Jenni “Jwoww” Farley and Roger Mathews

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Daft Punk

Willow Smith and Jaden Smith

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Will Smith

Sarah Hyland

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Allison Williams

Jennifer Hudson

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Shailene Woodley

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Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift

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Tricia Davis and Macklemore

Darren Criss

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Katy Perry

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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

Lady Gaga

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Miley Cyrus

Richard Simmons

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Ariana Grande



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2013 VMAs: Stars rock the red carpet

The 20-year-old pop star stepped out onto the stage a ball of energy, wearing a fuzzy gray leotard, as her hit single, “We Can’t Stop,” played. An animated and uninhibited performer, Cyrus’ dance moves were a clear departure from her “Hannah Montana” days. (Meaning, they involved a crotch grab or two.) 6 memorable moments from the VMAs When she reached the end of her song, the singer stripped down to a flesh-toned latex bra and matching underwear and began to perform “Blurred Lines” alongside Robin Thicke.

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With Cyrus acting as Thicke’s back-up singer and personal dancer, featured guest stars 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar went largely unnoticed. “Miley better get a … pregnancy test after all of that grinding,” joked comedian Kevin Hart during the show. Those watching on Twitter weren’t quite sure how to respond. By far the most common reaction, as demonstrated by a photo of Will Smith’s family seated in the VMAs audience, was shock: “(J)ust watched that Miley Cyrus / teddy bear performance and I think I’m now legally required to put myself on some kind of registry,” tweeted Time magazine’s TV critic, James Poniewozik. “i am still trying to recover from the miley cyrus performance,” posted another viewer. Derek Blasberg was more enthused, tweeting that he was “obsessed with @MileyCyrus’s performance at the VMA’s. It was like a karaoke party at the Playboy mansion. In the 90?s. In platform sneakers.” Billboard’s Editorial Director, Bill Werde, thinks Cyrus’ show was right on target with the direction she’s taking her brand — she is, after all, no longer the teen Disney star she once was. “Guys, Miley Cyrus is an all-star hot mess for a hot mess pop moment,” Werde tweeted. “She doesn’t care what u think & that’s her brand. & she just delivered.” The complete list of VMA winners

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