Nightly News   |  August 26, 2013

Miley’s performance leaves little to the imagination

Miley Cyrus’ outrageous performance at the Video Music Awards shocked some who still associate her with the Disney character that made her famous, Hannah Montana. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

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>>> our final story tonight is a long way from a time when walt disney reportedly asked annette funocello not to show her navel in beef movies. when miley cyrus stepped on stage last night at mtv's video music award it left many of 10 million viewers wondering what it exactly was they were watching. we get the story from nbc's anne thompson .

>> reporter: if miley cyrus wanted to provoke a reaction at last night's video music award she got it an on outfit and performance that left little to the imagination. the former disney star gyrated on stage with robin thicke singing "blurred lines."

>> i will tell you miley cyrus is no longer hannah montana .

>> hannah montana the role that made her famous was an all american teenager that left a secret double life . brook shield played montana's mom in the series.

>> i want to know who is advising her and why it is necessary.

>> reporter: the performance lit up twitter, setting a record of 6,200 tweets a minute. c.j. farley, blogged for the show as he watched with his kids.

>> what did your 8-year-old daughter think?

>> she was horrified by it. she wanted me to tell any one who would listen that she was horrified by this.

>> sydney, idolized cyrus as hannah montana but last night's performance made her sad.

>> she looked up to her and she kind of let us down i guess.

>> members of the television council blasted mtv for substituting talent with sex. how is this image of former child star miley cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? it asked in a staemetement today. this awards show is famous for outrageous behavior, much involving another ex-disney star, britney spears . cyrus is managed by spears' manager and the similarities may not end there. she commanded $15 million to judge x factor . she had a successful world tour . i think miley cyrus would just be like thanking the heavens above if in ten years her career was still as vibrant as britney spears '.

>> reporter: calculating cringe worthy moments to sell songs. anne thompson , nbc news, new york.