US pop sensationalist Miley Cyrus took her publicity-seeking further still on Sunday by smoking a cannabis joint as she received her award for Best Video at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam on Sunday.
The evening’s biggest winner was hip-hop icon Eminem who took home two awards, but Cyrus, 20, kept the spotlight firmly on herself after kicking off the show by twerking with a latex-clad dwarf called Little Britney.
Thanking the director of her hit single “Wrecking Ball” for the award, Cyrus took to the stage in a tight white body suit and platform heels and said: “I don’t have room for the award in my bag but I did find this …”
She then took what appeared to be a half-smoked joint out of her Chanel bag and lit it up at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, where you can buy cannabis in the city’s coffee shops and where Cyrus had been photographed earlier with Dutch DJ Afrojack.
“I’d like to thank Terry Richardson for putting this together,” said Cyrus, a self-confessed weed smoker.
The world’s pop glitterati descended on Amsterdam for the event, with Eminem putting in a surprise performance by stepping out of a giant boombox after winning the Global Icon and Hip Hop awards.
Canada’s Justin Bieber won the Best Male award for the fourth year running, and thanked his fans in a pre-recorded video message.