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Miley Cyrus, Gaga vie for attention at MTV’s VMAs

Lady Gaga performs “Applause” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP

NEW YORK – Miley Cyrus made Lady Gaga look surprisingly tame as the pop stars opened the MTV Video Music Awards.

Gaga changed costumes four times Sunday night during her first return to the stage since hip surgery as she performed her new single “Applause.” It was a predictably unpredictable appearance for Gaga, who seemed to pump in boos over the sound system as she opened the song in a white nun’s habit and square headdress. By the time she finished the song, she was surrounded by unitard-clad male dancers and wearing a thong bikini decorated in shells and a long blonde wig.

Cyrus immediately kicked things up well beyond provocative, however, as she appeared on stage with a multitude of dancing teddy bears in a bodysuit adorned with a cartoon character. She twerked, changed into a nude bikini, ran a fan’s foam finger along her privates as Robin Thicke appeared on stage to perform “Blurred Lines,” then gave the singer a lap dance.

“Miley better go get a pregnancy test after all that grinding,” Kevin Hart joked afterward.

Gaga and Cyrus were just the first of a cavalcade of music’s top stars performing Sunday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the awards were held for the first time. They managed to drown out rumors about the ‘N Sync reunion temporarily and left Katy Perry, Drake, Kanye West and several others quite the spectacle to top.

Timberlake – the top nominee with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and the anticipation over whether Timberlake and his old boy-band cronies will appear together dominated the pre-show conversation.

MTV was officially mum, neither confirming nor denying the rumor, and Joey Fatone has even denied it officially. But ‘N Sync conveniently debuted a Twitter account Saturday and the hubbub had overshadowed what will be an all-star lineup at the Barclays Center.

Timberlake – who’s won seven moonman trophies – has the year’s best-selling album, “The 20/20 Experience,” and his follow-up “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2,” is due out in September. His “Mirrors” is up for video of the year. Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” round out the category.

Swift had Twitter afire early in the evening when she appeared to utter an expletive toward One Direction when the British boy band made an appearance after Gaga’s performance.

Early winners included Macklemore and Lewis for best rap video, Thirty Seconds to Mars for best rock video and Selena Gomez for best pop video.

Originally posted: August 26, 2013 | 10:26 am


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  • Cue_Vas

    Funny why Sinatra, Michael Jackson and the Beatles didn’t need to “shock” their audiences. Oh, yeah, it’s because they had talent.

    • boboposter

      The Beatles didn’t shock their audience?

      Revolution 9, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Yer Blues, John Lennon’s “we’re bigger than God comment”… need I say more?

      They just didn’t shock the world with ssex. They shocked the world with drugs.

      And don’t get me started on MJ and Sinatra!

      • certainshadeofgreen

        Yeah, but at least they had talent.

      • boboposter

        Like strumming the guitar? Kaya yan ng kapitbahay ko ah

  • ryq24

    What’s next for Miley Cyrus if all the antics fail? I think a sex tape will be next.

  • blue_lights

    Oh Miley, are you overcompensating just because you look like a man now?

    How about trying to hone some talent first, instead of riding the popularity of your uncouth behavior?

  • Edna M. Lotho

    MILEY CYRUS! DISGUSTING! CAN HER VIDEO BE BANNED! SO, SO, DISGUSTING!

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    Sana si Selena Gomez nalang yung nag perform… instead of Miley lol… mas sexy pa sigurado!!!



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