Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke teamed up to turn the 2013 Video Music Awards stage in Brooklyn into a festival of booty as they stormed through a vibrant medley of their hits “We Can’t Stop,” “Blurred Lines” and “Give It 2 U.”
Miley, who earlier pleased her smilers by revealing the pink neon and ’80s–inspired cover to her upcoming Bangerz album, had promised that she was out to pull off “the best VMA performance of all time” and that she was plotting a stunt to top the infamous moment when Madonna and Britney Spears puckered up onstage. She bombarded the stage with an army of Boo bears and booty dancers and ripped through a rendition of “We Can’t Stop,” which was triple-nominated for awards on Sunday night (August 25).
Miley embraced her role as the new twerk queen as she stripped off her bear-emblazoned leotard to cavort with Robin Thicke for a performance of the singer’s Pharrell Williams-produced mega-hit “Blurred Lines,” which is in the running for Video of the Year. With Thicke clad in a black-and-white-striped suit, Miley gave him an up close and personal private twerk show as the song climaxed.
Thicke then made his debut VMA performance one to remember as he brought out rappers 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar for the remixed version of his new single “Give It 2 U.” Embracing the same football referee–themed vibe as the song’s video, 2 Chainz was decked out in a flamboyant black-and-white outfit while Thicke surrounded himself with a gaggle of booty-empowered cheerleaders for his final winning-performance pose.