Miley Cyrus says she wanted to ‘make history’ by twerking at VMAs

Singer compares her provocative performance at the awards bash to past antics by Madonna and Britney Spears

Miley Cyrus has explained that she wanted to “make history” with her controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on August 25.

During a medley of her recent Number One hit ‘We Can’t Stop’ and Robin Thicke‘s singles ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Give It 2 U’, Cyrus stripped down to a flesh-coloured bikini and was seen pointing at Thicke’s crotch with a foam finger before “twerking” provocatively against the front of Thicke’s striped trousers.

The performance became an incredibly hot topic online and drew criticism from a leading US parents’ group and the inventor of the foam finger, who claimed that the singer had “degraded” an “icon”.


Discussing the reaction to the performance for the first time in an interview with MTV, Cyrus said: “I don’t pay attention to the negative because I’ve seen this play out so many times. How many times have we seen this play out in pop music? Madonna‘s done it. Britney’s done it. Every VMA performance, that’s what you’re looking for; you’re wanting to make history.” She also revealed that she and Thicke were aware they were going to push buttons with their performance, saying: “Me and Robin the whole time said, ‘You know we’re about to make history right now.'”

Cyrus’s interview with MTV took place three days after her VMA performance and the singer expressed surprise at the amount of controversy her stage antics were still generating. “What’s amazing is I think now, we’re three days later and people are still talking about it. They’re over thinking it,” she said. “You’re thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn’t even think about it ’cause that’s just me.” Cyrus will release her new album ‘Bangerz’ on August 4.