But once the show aired and people got to see Cyrus as she emerged from a trailer scantily clad in short shorts, a tank top and biker boots and dance around what some suggested was a stripper pole, criticism began to emerge online that perhaps Cyrus' act was too risqué for a 16-year-old, as well as for her tween fanbase.
Even in the hours leading up to Cyrus' appearance, the Disney Channel, which airs Cyrus' popular TV show "Hannah Montana," seemed to want to distance itself from the provocative stage show.
According to Newsday.com, a spokesperson for the network said in a statement: "Disney Channel won't be commenting on that performance, although parents can rest assured that all content presented on the Disney Channel is age-appropriate for our audience — kids 6-14 — and consistent with what our brand values are."
Before she took the stage at the show, Cyrus spoke to MTV News about the performance, saying she wanted the whole thing to be a spoof on growing up in Tennessee, adding that "it's about my roots."
"[My] performance tonight is funny, but I wanted it to be about [something more]," she said. "I'm like, 'This is to represent where I am from. I'm so proud of it.' All the girls trying to be Hollywood and stuff with their big glasses, me shooing them away."