Miley Cyrus VMA Performance Defended by Justin Timberlake, Says 'Not Like She Did it at the Grammys'

In the continuing drama that is Mily Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance Justin Timberlake came to the young singer's defense during an interview with Jim Douglas of Fresh 102.7.

"She's young, she's letting everyone know she's growing up," Timberlake said when asked what he thought about the reaction to her performance.

Timberlake also pointed out the type of show she was performing at, insisting that "it was the VMAs, what did you guys expect? ...It's not like she did it at the Grammys. Let her do her thing."

Timberlake was not the only celebrity to voice support of Cyrus.

Her father, Billy Ray, tweeted a message of support for the 20-year-old singer after her performance that featured her dancing provocatively with Robin Thicke.

"Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love ...less hate," Billy Ray posted on his Twitter account soon after the awards show ended.

Cyrus may have rose to fame as a child star as the Disney Channel character Hannah Montana, but she has switched creative gears in music. Cyrus' recent song "We Can't Stop" is not a children's anthem by any means, but an ode to partying, complete with drug references.

However, Cyrus' MTV VMA performance shocked spectators so much that a number of people felt compelled to pray for the singer. During the performance, she stripped down to a nude bikini while gyrating on married R&B singer Robin Thicke, 36.

Cyrus has been public in the past about being baptized in 2005 and wore a purity ring in 2008. Although the singer speaks far less about her Christian values these days, many music fans are still offering to pray for the singer.

"Honestly my heart breaks for Miley Cyrus," one person tweeted after her VMA performance. "She is so far from God in a world that keeps pushing her farther and farther away. Pray for her."