Lady Gaga’s human horse was almost the center of Internet attention during the American Music Awards until Miley Cyrus took the stage. Dressed in a cat-printed bikini, Miley crooned her way through ‘Wrecking Ball’ with a giant kitten crying diamond tears projected behind her. Equine 0, Feline 1. Miley’s sad kitty was weird, fabulous and the muse for the best memes of the night.
We had a hunch that cats might be a thing when we caught up with Miley backstage.
Backstage at the #AMAs with Miley Cyrus @MileyCyrus pic.twitter.com/5w3PkDwQXi — Yahoo Music (@YahooMusic) November 25, 2013
Then, when it was showtime, cats across America fell in love with what they saw.
My cat enjoyed Miley Cyrus on the AMAs fr pic.twitter.com/7IHpKOZe6a — Colleen Bryan (@colleeeenbryan) November 25, 2013
And more cats fell prey to Miley's national kitty round-up call.
My cat is performing with Miley tonight. #AMAS #WreckingBall #Cat MileyCyrus #WTF pic.twitter.com/1Ka9SCtMqK — Dillen George (@DillenGeorge) November 25, 2013
But not everyone was a fan.
my dog just growled at the cat behind miley cyrus pic.twitter.com/Z19dsuUcTP — haley short (@xhaleyshortx) November 25, 2013
Tumblr knew this was a moment for the books.
And people cracked some good jokes.
BuzzFeed jumped all over this like catnip.
Us Weekly took to Vine.
Cat power! Miley and a kitten in space perform #WreckingBall at the 2013 #AMAs. https://t.co/ybmc3Zeued — Us Weekly (@usweekly) November 25, 2013
Conspiracy theories were formed.
BREAKING: THE CAT IN MILEY CYRUS'S PERFORMANCE IS A SCARY ILLUMINATI REFERENCE. #AMAs pic.twitter.com/WYzFjf0kq2 — STOP THE ILLUMINATI (@Illuminati_Stop) November 25, 2013
Kitten reunions were launched.
Miley bringing back the cat pic.twitter.com/Wp77EajVq1 — Tweet Like A Girl (@TweetLikeAGirI) November 25, 2013
And so, Miley Cyrus' crying kitten won the Internet (and the hearts of many cats).
You're my hero, @mileycyrus pic.twitter.com/7IkSMGUMUn — shirleyhalperin (@shirleyhalperin) November 25, 2013