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Best: Miley Cyrus
The moment I saw the crazy spectacle that was Miley Cyrus's MTV VMAs performance back in August, I knew it was going to be talked about for days (if not weeks) afterward. Credit where credit is due: if nothing else, the former Disney star knows how to shake things up when it counts. Tonight's show-closing rendition of "Wrecking Ball" was no exception, as the twerking sensation not only put in a strong vocal performance but was literally backed up by a giant lip-syncing kitty with big sad eyes who shed giant kitty-kat tears when the song hit an emotional crescendo. Did I mention she was wearing a two-piece printed with images of little kitty heads, you know, just to tie it all together? While there were technically better performances tonight, these awards shows are all about causing a stir, and Miley gets that better than most of her contemporaries. Whether she can keep the momentum going past this album remains to be seen, but for now it's working like a charm.
- Chris Eggertsen