(NEWSER) – Pole dance? That's so 2009. Miley Cyrus outdid herself at the MTV Video Music Awards last night with a twerking performance that left the audience feeling violated. (Australia's News Network has a must-see picture of the reaction from Will Smith and his family.)
Cyrus started out wearing practically nothing, then managed to find a way to strip down even further from that. She spent much of the performance with her tongue sticking out and, when Robin Thicke took the stage for a duet, she added a foam finger that, of course, she used rather suggestively. "Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by Miley Cyrus' VMA performance," reads one representative tweet. (If you can't handle actually watching the video, click for some GIFs that sum it up.) More big talkers from last night's awards:
- Taylor Swift could not let an opportunity to publicly shame ex Harry Styles pass her by, the Daily Mail reports. Upon winning Best Female Video for "I Knew You Were Trouble," reportedly inspired by her relationship with the One Direction boy bander, Swift ended her acceptance speech with, "I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I've got one of these!" The camera, of course, then panned to Styles. Earlier, when One Direction presented an award, Swift was captured appearing to mouth the words, "Shut the f--- up."
- As promised, *NSYNC reunited ... for 90 seconds, which came in the middle of Justin Timberlake's epic 15-minute performance, Rolling Stone reports. Timberlake won the big Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, and said he wanted to "share" it with his former bandmates ... but "we can keep it at my house," he added.