Justin Timberlake Defends Miley Cyrus

JT weighs in on VMA twerk performance. 

Posted: 08/28/2013 09:56 AM EDT
Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance showed that she's an adult, says Justin Timberlake.  JT defended Cyrus during several radio interviews yeaterday, one with Hot 97 and Fresh 102.7 in NYC.

Speaking to Fresh 102.7's Jim & Kim show Timberlake co-signed the former Disney Star's performance, which culminated with a grind session on Robin Thicke, and launched a  complaint from the Parents Television Council, and lots of mixed reviews.

"My favorite part of the Miley Cyrus performance was the Smith family's reaction," Timberlake joked of the viral photo with Will, Willow, and Jaden Smith seemingly in complete shock over the performance (according to Slate.com, the Smith family was actually reacting to Lady Gaga's show-opening set).

Like 20-year-old Cyrus, Timberlake can relate to transitioning from teen star to adult act. "She's young," he pointed out. "She's letting everybody know she's growing up."

Asked if it hurt or helped her career he replied, "It's not like she did it at the Grammys."

The VMAs are known for shocking stage moments, like Britney Spears' kiss with Madonna, or the Material Girl's 1984 "Like a Virgin" set. Both are noted among the most memorable moments in VMA history, and Cyrus is likely to be added to that list.

Her performance alone clocked more than 306,100 tweets per minute, making it more popular than the Super Bowl blackout with 231,000, tweets per minute, but slightly less favored than election night tweets at 327, 452 per minute. MTV's VMA ratings were also up 60% from last year.

Meanwhile, the fodder is great publicity for Cyrus' Bangerz album slated for release Oct. 8.  

 

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