UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Although the 2009 Teen Choice Awards left celebrities and stargazers alike with plenty to talk about, none of the evening's events mixed sarcasm, celebrity and old-fashioned entertainment as effectively as the unlike-anything-you've-ever-seen performance of one Miss
Taking the stage to perform her newly released single, "Party in the U.S.A.," the 16-year-old superstar danced around a "trailer trash" set, tongue firmly in cheek, as she spoofed her Tennessee upbringing and even took a whirl around a stripper-like pole on top of an ice-cream pushcart.
"Tonight I'm performing 'Party in the U.S.A.,' which is my new single and which I'm super-excited about," Miley told MTV News before the taping of the awards, which will air on Fox on Monday night (August 10). "I'm about to go out on tour, so all my music is being aired out right now."
Miley was also excited to discuss the concept of her performance, which had her giving shout-outs to Britney Spears — moments before she'd come back onstage to present the pop princess with her Ultimate Choice Award.
"[My] performance tonight is funny, but I wanted it to be about [something more]," Miley explained with sincerity. " 'Party in the U.S.A.' is an all-American song, and so I come out tonight and I'm literally in a trailer park. It's a blinged-out trailer park."
Cyrus, her father Billy Ray and others in her group planned out the big number, which she told us was fun but something that had a much deeper meaning to her. "I'm like, 'This is to represent where I am from. I'm so proud of it,' " Miley explained. "All the girls trying to be Hollywood and stuff with their big glasses, me shooing them away.
"I love it," Miley explained of her performance, one of the most memorable moments of the star-studded evening. "It's about my roots."