VIDEO What did Miley Cyrus do for the AMAs?

Miley Cyrus AMAs 2013

With Miley Cyrus officially in the American Music Awards’ building, fans (and critics) eagerly waited throughout the entire show for a performance of Wrecking Ball. (ABC kept saying it was “coming up next,” but Miley was actually the last to perform… No denying that girl is good for ratings!)

Earlier in the night, a newly 21 Miley proved she was still a daddy’s girl by walking down the red carpet with Billy Ray Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus AMAs - Billy Ray Cyrus

With her ol’ man in the audience, it was possible that Miley would tone down her performance. So, what did Miley do for the AMAs? It was actually quite shocking…

Although she didn’t come out of a giant teddy bear, Miley immediately integrated animals into her performance by singing in front of a computerized, lip-syncing kitten. That was probably a first for the AMAs.

Miley Cyrus Cat Outfit AMAs

(There was a major resemblance between Miley’s cat and Puss in Boots.)

Miley Cyrus Cat - Puss in Boots

Miley continued her kitten theme with a cat-spotted two-piece. The ensemble was relatively modest with a high waist and neck. (Side note: Looks like she’s been hitting the weight room. Her legs looked incredible!)

Miley Cyrus Cat AMAs 2013

In fact, Miley’s vocals were more on display than anything else. Whereas her VMA performance served to remind us all that she’s not Hannah Montana anymore, this was more about reminding the audience that she has some serious pipes.

Miley Cyrus AMAs 2013 Performance

Miley also seemed to get emotional toward the end of the song with her voice momentarily breaking while saying “I will always want you.” (It seemed like she paused a bit too long and got off from the background singers… Some may use this as evidence that she lip-synced.)

Miley Cyrus Cat Outfit - AMAs

Most shocking about the performance was how tame Miley kept it. No joints. No twerking. Just Miley being Miley!

UPDATE Here’s the complete video of Miley’s AMA 2013 performance.

What are your thoughts on Miley’s latest award show performance?

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