Miley Cyrus has caused a storm by appearing to light up a joint on stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The singer lit a hand-rolled cigarette as she accepted her best video award for Wrecking Ball at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam – where smoking marijuana is tolerated.
The drug is not legal in the Netherlands, but smokers can not be prosecuted for possession of small amounts and it is sold openly in cafes known as “coffee shops”.
Cyrus opened the space-themed show singing the song “We Can’t Stop,” while wearing a silver spandex suit and demonstrating her signature “twerking” dance move in a routine with a dwarf.
The 20-year-old had already caused a stir by arriving at the event in a revealing mini-dress emblazoned with images of murdered rappers the Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur and the words “please stop violence”.
Katy Perry won the award for best female singer, pipping Lady Gaga and Cyrus and collecting her third EMA prize in the process.
Claiming her prize, the US singer gave a dramatic performance of her song Unconditionally, suspended like a sequin-covered glitter ball 9 metres (30 feet) above the set. see more