TODAY   |  August 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus ‘twerking’ captures VMA buzz

Singer Miley Cyrus’ provocative performance at the Video Music Awards created the biggest buzz of the show, with Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift close behind. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>> mtv video music awards were last night and got to have people talking this morning. mara was up late watching the highlights good morning to you.

>> good morning.

>> it was cray. for the first time ever the vmas and moon man statue headed to brooklyn. everyone was excited about an 'nsync reunion and lady gaga 's return but it was a performance by miley cyrus that really got everyone's attention.

>> where have you gone hannah montana ? last night it was miley mtv style. the 20-year-old twerking her way on stage and out of her clothing to her single we can't stop. it was a performance that included a tv version of blurred lines. it left some in the audience like will smith 's family shocked. but before the big show on the red carpet , it was all about what the stars were wearing.

>> coture.

>> can i pet it? it's so soft.

>> what are the vmas without taylor swift drama. first appearance telling harry styles of one direction to shut up and then less subtle when picking up a moon man for i knew you were trouble.

>> i also want to thank the person that inspired this song who knows exactly who he is because now i got one of these.

>> but the night was all about the star performances. we got up close and personal with lady gaga . kanye west turned out the lights. and katy perry gave a knockout performance in the shadow of the brooklyn bridge . but in the end, one man was the champ.

>> who are you looking forward to tonight?

>> justin timberlake .

>> justin timberlake is awesome.

>> reporter: justin timberlake delivered one of the night's most anticipated performances and reunions getting back in step with 'nsync. timberlake won video of the year which he dedicated to his grandparents.

>> my grandfather passed away in december so i know -- i hope my grandmother is watching right now. this is for you granny.

>> now, there were also serious moments in the show. gay rights took center stage throughout the night. macklemore and ryan lewis winning best video with a social message and jason collins presented talking about his decision to come out but it's miley cyrus who has everyone talking this morning.

>> talking or in stunned silence.

>> yes, like the will smith family.

>> we are not in montana anymore.

>> i have gotten some tweets about this. someone tweeted me that that performance immediately sent her 11-year-old through puberty.

>> someone tweeted out why is miley cyrus dancing with a prisoner in a 1940s uniform. because he had the pinstriped suit on. i'm speechless. i don't know what to say. i'm one of those people that i saw the clip and i just -- i don't know.

>> i know.

>> how about j.t.? the guy can do no wrong.

>> he is awesome.

>> next trick is going to be turning water into wine .

>> really, carl?

>> yeah.

>> he's the man of the moment.

>> it's j.t., not j.c.

>> he won the michael jackson van guard award, which is fitting.

>> what about 'nsync? they were good?

>> yeah, coming up --

>> i don't do it.