For Miley Cyrus' American Music Award appearance, the 21-year-old pop star avoided twerking, on-stage spliffs and anything remotely controversial during her performance of "Wrecking Ball." But she did bring a friend along with her: A giant kitten appeared on the screen behind her and lip-synced while she belted out her hit single. In a testament to their friendship, Miley donned a bikini-type leotard that featured kitten faces on it and the cat returned the favor at the end, sticking out its tongue with a wink.
Miley's rather tame outing was the finale of the 2013 American Music Awards, which featured a slew of performances by acts such as One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and more. Taylor Swift was the big winner of the evening, taking home four awards, including Artist of the Year.
Miley kicks off her Bangerz arena tour next year on February 14th in Vancouver, BC. Watch her American Music Award performance below:
This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Miley Cyrus Sings 'Wrecking Ball' With a Cat at American Music Awards