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Twerkgate: Miley's 'grandmother' Vicki Lawrence weighs in

By Matthew Carey, CNN
updated 8:33 AM EDT, Fri September 13, 2013
Vicki Lawrence questions the twerking performance of
Vicki Lawrence questions the twerking performance of "Hannah Montana" co-star Miley Cyrus, but not the PR value.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Actress Vicki Lawrence weighs in on Miley Cyrus' twerking
  • Lawrence played Cyrus' grandmother on "Hannah Montana"
  • Lawrence spoke highly of her co-star but questions the VMA stunt

(CNN) -- Miley Cyrus is hearing about her infamous twerking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards from her TV grandmother.

"I know what a lot of my generation is thinking: They're appalled," Vicki Lawrence tells CNN. Lawrence played Miley's "Mamaw Ruthie" from 2006 to 2011 on the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana." Lawrence doesn't admire the performance itself, but she admits it was a PR triumph.

"She pushed the envelope a little bit, but she's what everybody is talking about in the news right now," Lawrence said.

Here's a look back at some of the most memorable MTV Video Music Awards moments over the years. Dressed in a revealing wedding dress, lace gloves and her infamous "boy toy" belt, Madonna performed "Like a Virgin" at the first Video Music Awards in 1984. Her album of the same name, which dropped that November, went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. Click through to see how many you remember: Here's a look back at some of the most memorable MTV Video Music Awards moments over the years. Dressed in a revealing wedding dress, lace gloves and her infamous "boy toy" belt, Madonna performed "Like a Virgin" at the first Video Music Awards in 1984. Her album of the same name, which dropped that November, went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. Click through to see how many you remember:
Memorable VMA moments: 1984
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Lawrence began working on "Hannah Montana" back when Miley was barely a teenager. She says even then, she could tell Cyrus had star potential.

"She did have a lot of talent from the get-go, and (was) very precocious -- very much more mature than her age, very much aware, body awareness and all that," Lawrence said. "So I'm not sure that any of this really surprises me."

If Miley had body awareness back then, the whole country is aware of it now. But whether the outrageous twerking episode was a good career move in the long run, Lawrence isn't sure.

"(Miley) might be very smart. She might be really wrong."

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