Miley Cyrus on VMA performance: ‘I wasn’t trying to be sexy’

US popstar says she will probably never perform in the same way again

Miley Cyrus has defended her performance at the 2013 MTV VMAs, saying that she wasn’t trying to be sexy and arguing that her twerking was in no way racist.

The US pop star was met with an overwhelmingly negative reaction after performing her single ‘We Can’t Stop’ alongside Robin Thicke at the awards ceremony in New York in August and spoke to Rolling Stone about the fallout in a new interview. Arguing that she is a better dancer than what she showed on the night, Cyrus says she will probably never perform in the same way again.

“I wasn’t trying to be sexy,” she says. “If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing. People are like, ‘Miley thinks she’s a black girl, but she’s got the flattest ass ever’,” she says. “I’m like, I’m 108 pounds! I know! Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I’ll probably never do that shit again.”

Cyrus also defended herself against accusations of being racially insensitive by having black backing dancers and performing dance routines cribbed from black culture. “I don’t keep my producers or dancers around ’cause it makes me look cool,” she says. “Those aren’t my ‘accessories.’ They’re my homies. I’m from one of the wealthiest counties in America. I know what I am. But I also know what I like to listen to. Look at any 20-year-old white girl right now – that’s what they’re listening to at the club. It’s 2013. The gays are getting married, we’re all collaborating. I would never think about the colour of my dancers, like, ‘Ooh, that might be controversial.’ Times are changing. I think there’s a generation or two left, and then it’s gonna be a whole new world.”

Earlier this month, Cyrus’s dad, country musician Billy Ray Cyrus, defended his daughter’s recent performances as her “evolving as an artist” and providing “a special moment”. “Miley harnessed into something very special,” he said. “She’s just Miley. She’s an artist. She’s real. What’s happened over the years is Miley’s reinvented her sound, she’s evolving as an artist herself. All of what everyone is calling controversy now – that’s still my Miley.”