08/28/2013 09:58 am ET

Justin Timberlake Defends Miley Cryus' VMA Performance: 'Let Her Do Her Thing, You Know?'


Kelly Clarkson may not be much of a fan of Miley Cyrus' Video Music Awards performance, but another pop star is: Justin Timberlake. The two singers were arguably the talk of Sunday's telecast, providing the show's most scrutinized moments. Now Timberlake is voicing support for the 20-year-old.

"It's the VMAs," Timberlake said during an interview on Fresh 102.7. "What did you guys expect?"

Saying he liked Cyrus performance "a lot," Timberlake noted that the former "Hannah Montana" star is "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?"

Timberlake joins Adam Lambert and Cyrus' own father in the small chorus of supporters not deriding her "We Can't Stop" rendition.

"She's still my little girl, and I'm still her dad, regardless of how this circus we call show business plays out," Billy Ray Cyrus told "Entertainment Tonight." "I love her unconditionally, and that will never change."

Cyndi Lauper, on the other hand, was a strong dissenter when asked about the performance on Australia's "Brig & Lehmo."

"And there she is, a young 20-something trying to prove she can hang with the big boys and girls, you know, basically simulating a 'Girl Gone Wild' video onstage. And I just felt like that was so beneath her and raunchy, really raunchy," Lauper said. "It wasn't even art."



Video Music Awards 2013