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Taylor, Miley, Gaga vie for attention at MTV VMAs

  • Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Zayn Malik, from left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Zayn Malik, from left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Lady Gaga performs "Applause" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Lady Gaga performs "Applause" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Katy Perry wears a grill that says "ROAR" as she arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Katy Perry wears a grill that says "ROAR" as she arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • FILE - In this July 12, 2013, file photo, Justin Timberlake performs during the Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. This year's MTV Video Music Awards is all about looking forward as artists with some of the fall's most anticipated new music line up to perform as the show makes its first stop in New York's Brooklyn borough. Timberlake and fellow lead nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are scheduled to perform, but that's just the start Sunday night, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center, where the show kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this July 12, 2013, file photo, Justin Timberlake performs during the Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. This year's MTV Video Music Awards is all about looking forward as artists with some of the fall's most anticipated new music line up to perform as the show makes its first stop in New York's Brooklyn borough. Timberlake and fellow lead nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are scheduled to perform, but that's just the start Sunday night, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center, where the show kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

  • Lady Gaga arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

    Lady Gaga arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

  • Chanel West Coast arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Chanel West Coast arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Katy Perry poses at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Katy Perry poses at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Selena Gomez poses with a fan at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

    Selena Gomez poses with a fan at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

  • Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for "Can't Hold Us" as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil' Kim look on, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for "Can't Hold Us" as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil' Kim look on, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Television personality Jenny McCarthy attends the InTouch Icons and Idols Party on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

    Television personality Jenny McCarthy attends the InTouch Icons and Idols Party on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

  • Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Zayn Malik, from left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Lady Gaga performs "Applause" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • Katy Perry wears a grill that says "ROAR" as she arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • FILE - In this July 12, 2013, file photo, Justin Timberlake performs during the Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. This year's MTV Video Music Awards is all about looking forward as artists with some of the fall's most anticipated new music line up to perform as the show makes its first stop in New York's Brooklyn borough. Timberlake and fellow lead nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are scheduled to perform, but that's just the start Sunday night, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center, where the show kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
  • Lady Gaga arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)
  • Chanel West Coast arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • Katy Perry poses at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • Selena Gomez poses with a fan at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)
  • Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for "Can't Hold Us" as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil' Kim look on, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Television personality Jenny McCarthy attends the InTouch Icons and Idols Party on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Miley Cyrus became the rare artist to upstage Lady Gaga, but a vengeful Taylor Swift managed to take the spotlight from both during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift appeared to utter an expletive when One Direction appeared at Sunday night’s award show – a moment that lit up Twitter and was memorialized immediately in a GIF online – before thanking a former beau for helping her win another moonman trophy for “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

“I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because I got one of these,” Swift said.

Cyrus immediately kicked things up well beyond provocative as she appeared on stage with a multitude of dancing teddy bears in a bodysuit adorned with a cartoon character. She twerked to her song “We Can’t Stop,” changed into a nude bikini, ran a fan’s foam finger along her privates as Robin Thicke appeared on stage to perform “Blurred Lines,” then gave the singer a lap dance.

“Miley better go get a pregnancy test after all that grinding,” comedian Kevin Hart joked afterward.

The Associated Press

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