Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The provocative pop singer was the hot topic at Sunday night's show. She eclipsed Lady Gaga's opening performance of her new single, Katy Perry's closing rendition of her latest hit and Kanye West's artsy set.
The 20-year-old even grabbed more attention than Justin Timberlake's performance with his 'N Sync band mates.
After performing her edgy hit, We Can't Stop, Miley sang the first verse of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and then grinded against the R&B singer while wearing a skin-coloured bikini.
"Amazing. I thought it was awesome," Selena Gomez said of Miley's performance. "I love Robin Thicke, too, so I like that they collabo'd."
Brooke Shields, who played Cyrus' mother in a few episodes of Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, said on the Today show: "I was Hannah Montana's mom! Where did I go wrong?" On MSNBC's Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski said the performance was "disgusting and embarrassing" and that the people involved should be ashamed.
Twitter said Miley was mentioned 4.5 million times on the social network site, ahead of Justin's 2.9 million mentions.
Cyrus was not the only pop singer with edge at the VMAs: Taylor Swift also turned heads. The 23-year-old, who won best female video, appeared to utter an expletive to Gomez when her rumoured ex, One Direction member Harry Styles, was on stage.
The boy band also earned boos when it won best song of the summer for Best Song Ever, beating Gomez, Thicke, Cyrus, Daft Punk and Calvin Harris.
Lady Gaga kicked off the awards show in a less dramatic fashion compared to her past performances. She did change her clothes - and hair - various times onstage while dancing and singing her new hit Applause. She finished in a thong, revealing her toned body. Katy Perry closed the VMAs under the Brooklyn Bridge in a boxing ring, singing her smash hit Roar.