The pop star defended Cyrus during a “Good Morning America” interview with Sam Champion on Tuesday, during which she announced a two-year residency performing at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, as well as her next album’s release date.
“I think any time you do a performance that is that memorable, you’re going to have criticism,” Spears said. “I think she’s doing her thing. She’s being herself, so I give props to her.”
The 31-year-old singer is no stranger to stirring controversy on the VMA stage. In 2001 she wrapped a snake around her neck to perform the sexually-charged single, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” and then locked lips with Madonna in 2003. And that kiss is exactly what inspired Cyrus to take off the majority of her clothes, reach her tongue toward the sky, and twerk her butt directly into married singer Robin Thicke‘s crotch.
“We’ve got better in store for you guys, it’s going be even crazier than the kiss,” Cyrus told MTV days before her performance.