Britney Spears Defends Miley Cyrus' VMAs Performance

09/17/2013 01:17 pm ET | Updated Sep 17, 2013

Miley Cyrus received an onslaught of criticism following her raunchy MTV Video Music Awards performance last month, but Britney Spears thinks the "We Can't Stop" singer is just being Miley.

The 31-year-old superstar sat down with "Good Morning America" for an interview this week as part of her big Las Vegas residency announcement. Sam Champion broached the subject of the VMAs and asked Spears what she thought of Cyrus' appearance alongside Robin Thicke.

"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."

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Spears was unfazed by Cyrus' half-naked twerking. The "Work Bitch" singer has made quite a few jaw-dropping VMAs appearances herself. In 2000, she stripped to a nude, bedazzled bodysuit for "Satisfaction" and "Oops I Did It Again." Then she grabbed a snake for 2001's scintillating rendition of "I'm A Slave 4 U." Two years later, she made headlines for kissing Madonna during "Like A Virgin."

No doubt, shock value is the common denominator. And Justin Timberlake saw some parallels between his ex and the "Wrecking Ball" star.

“Madonna: Wedding suit, humping the stage. Britney: Strip tease. This is not an uncommon thing,” Timberlake told a CBS affiliate in August, per JustJared. “Listen, man, you know, it’s the VMAs. What did you guys expect? I like Miley. I like her a lot. I think, you know, she’s young. She’s letting everyone know that she’s growing up. I just think it’s the VMAs. It’s not like she did it at the Grammys. Let her do her thing. You know?”

Spears is featured on Cyrus' new album, "Bangerz," on the track "SMS."

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