300,000 tweets per minute

Singer Miley Cyrus performing 'Blurred Lines' during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

UNITED STATES - I have spent the last 48 hours recovering from the trauma caused by Miley Cyrus' sleazy "performance" - at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) held in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday morning (Singapore time).

So, I'm sure, have many of the 10.1 million viewers of the annual awards show across the world.

In case you were hiding in a cave during the most controversial six minutes in VMAs history, the 20-year-old US singer-actress gyrated on stage in nothing but nude latex underwear, dishing out her best porn-star moves.

She also twerked like her life depended on it, bum nearly plastered to singer Robin Thicke's crotch during their duet of his song Blurred Lines, so much so that everyone was distracted enough not to notice her mediocre vocals.

I'm still having trouble masking my disgust but I have to admit: She's a smart one. Love it or hate it, it was fantastic promotion for her upcoming album Bangerz - hang on, let me just roll my eyes - which will be out on Oct 8.

Giving people something to talk about until you need to crack your brains for another over-the-top new album gimmick has been a proven formula. Cyrus is obviously lapping up all the attention and paying no heed to the flak she is receiving for her risqué appearance.

She even bragged in her post-VMAs tweet: "Smilers! My VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. That's more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact."

Her stunt caused more Twitter frenzy than the infamous Superbowl power outage earlier this year, which raked in 231,000 tweets per minute.

It also contributed to the VMAs receiving a boost in its ratings, especially after it hit a 16-year low last year with 6.13 million viewers.

Miley Cyrus shocks with bizarre performance at VMAs

Her daring new sex symbol image is paying off - and she knows it.

I admit, I'm one of the millions with my eyes glued to Cyrus after this. But rather than celebrating her next distasteful stunt, I'm just waiting for her looming downfall - as the next victim of the Disney-to-disaster formula.

She might not have alarmed her own parents Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus, who have remained silent, but 48-year-old US actress Brooke Shields, who played Cyrus' titular character's mother on her popular Disney TV series Hannah Montana, has expressed her disdain. "I was Hannah Montana's mother! Where did I go wrong?" she joked to NBC's Today show, adding that the performance was "desperate".

Still, Shields did concede: "She went for it. You've got to give her some credit. We're all talking about her."

So perhaps in the short run, Cyrus is winning. But it may not be long before she spins out of control like former child stars Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes.

We almost forget that Cyrus has just barely left her teenhood behind. She was the same girl that started a pop culture phenomenon as the teenager Hannah Montana who led a double life as a pop star.

At one point in time, she was also able to sing with her lady bits concealed. It's sad that, together with her clothes, Cyrus has buried a side of her that made her relatable and real.

I believe this is just the beginning of her inevitable downfall.

And when it happens, I'll be the first to say "I told you so".

Miley Cyrus shocks with bizarre performance at VMAs

She just lets her tongue hang out

It was a case of the tongue that set more tongues wagging. Or more accurately, a tongue-lashing.

We first saw plenty of tongue action from Miley Cyrus in the suggestive music video for We Can't Stop, and since then, she, well, can't stop.

And then her "condition" reached critical levels at the VMAs, which saw it flick every which way except back into her mouth where it belongs.

Even her BFF Kelly Osbourne couldn't hold back and was quoted as saying: "Put your ****ing tongue in your mouth. I love you, but just put your tongue in your mouth."

Cyrus has great timing, though. It was, after all, National Dog Day on Tuesday.

Here's photographic evidence that she really needs help.

Miley Cyrus shocks with bizarre performance at VMAs

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