Madonna and Britney Spears shared an infamous lip-lock during their unforgettable performance at the 2003 VMAs, and somehow Miley Cyrus plans to top that historic moment with her own set at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday night (August 25).
Miley strutted down the VMA red carpet with producer Mike Will Made It, whom she collaborated with on her upcoming album, Bangerz, and made a bold declaration when she stopped to chat with MTV News’ pre-show host Sway Calloway. After quickly reminiscing about Madonna’s famous exchange with Britney — “she passed the torch by passing the tongue” — the bleach-blonde star added that she planned to top that moment.
“We’ve got better in store for you guys, it’s going be even crazier than the kiss,” she declared, going on to note that her brand-new single, “Wrecking Ball,” was already tearing up the charts. “This is just the beginning of my movement. Today the pre-order came out and I’m already #1 with my single that no one had heard until today. It’s already #1, so I’m already so excited. It’s a part of a movement that I’m about to create, and my fans have been really important in it.”
If Miley plans to top that infamous kiss, we’d expect there to be at least a little bit of her twerking involved, right? “You’ll see,” she told Sway coyly, not wanting to give away any of the surprises.
In addition to her anticipated performance, “We Can’t Stop,” the lead single from Miley’s upcoming album, is up for three VMAs Sunday night, with nominations for Best Song of the Summer, Best Pop Video and Best Female Video. The Diane Martel-directed clip has been a hit so far.
“Since it’s done so well — now it’s at 100 million [views] and we’ve got this crazy director’s cut and fans have been loving it so much, and the video has done exactly what I wanted it to do, which was kind of take over the Internet and go viral and be something different and fun — I’m looking forward to doing that at the VMAs, too,” Miley told MTV News ahead of her performance.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards kick off at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.