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Miley Cyrus smokes weed on stage

Miley Cyrus shocked the crowd at the Art Basel Miami Beach show by smoking marijuana on stage.

The 22-year-old Wrecking Ball singer singer was among the top-billed acts for the week-long event and kicked off the poolside show at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach singing a duet of Super Freak with a topless woman.

Miley, wearing a silver metallic Cleopatra wig and bright turquoise eye shadow, told the crowd: "Usually I don't smoke weed and drink, well that's a lie ... usually I don't smoke weed and drink on show days, but I felt like it was fine in Miami."

The former child star played mostly covers, including Led Zeppelin, the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and Johnny Cash, telling the audience she understood they were serious about real art and probably weren't fans of her pop-music style.

"You thought (Art Basel) was a respected place where you could escape me," she told the audience

The former Disney star opened up about her difficult year, during which her dog died, and said it took her to a dark place and made her realise many things she was doing seemed meaningless.

"This year has constantly challenged me, and that's why I started doing art," she said before launching into a song she wrote after her friend's cat spoke to her in a dream. She also played the macabre song on the piano, abruptly banging on the keys at the end, saying she was sick of talking about death and wanted to move on to something fun.

Later in the show, she donned a massive rainbow with a cutout for her head, while two other performers wore mushroom costumes. At one point, two costumed sharks and a penis ran across the stage. Despite distractions of bubbles floating through the air and falling confetti, one thing stood out - her vocal chops.

Miley's boyfriend, Patrick Schwarzenegger also attended the party, hosted by designer Tommy Hilfiger, art dealer Jeffrey Deitch and V Magazine.

Offstage, art abounded as a trio of naked ladies covered in body paint, wearing only giant wigs and black thigh-high boots, posed for pictures. Neon necklace-clad plastic baby dolls were tucked into tree branches throughout the pool deck.

Inside several poolside cabanas, art installations showed video images of Cyrus with a neon green Oz-like background alongside strangely photo-shopped images of her and messages accusing her of torturing her real fans and urging her to "stop posting terrible art."

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