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Miley Cyrus smokes suspicious cigarette on stage

Miley Cyrus lit up the hand rolled cigarette as she collected the Best Video award. Credit: PA

Pop star Miley Cyrus has stirred up more controversy - by lighting up a suspicious looking cigarette on stage at the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) in Amsterdam.

The star, who came under fire for provocative performance at the Video Music Awards in September, pulled the hand rolled cigarette out of her purse after accepting the Best Video Award from Ron Burgundy.

The wrecking ball singer said she could not fit the award in her purse and pulled out the hand rolled cigarette instead. Credit: PA

While the contents of the cigarette are not known, the former Disney star previously told Rolling Stone magazine marijuana was "the best drug on earth".

Marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands, but smokers cannot be prosecuted for possession of small amounts and it is sold openly in special cafes known as "coffee shops."

Katy Perry steals EMAs with high-flying performance

Katy Perry performing her new song "Unconditionally" at the EMAs in Amsterdam. Credit: PA

Katy Perry stole the show at the European Music Awards (EMA) by performing in a jewelled body suit and dangling in a harness.

Katy took home the Best Female award but lost Best Pop to One Direction.

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Winners of the 2013 MTV European Music Awards

Katy Perry and rapper Eminem were among the big winners of the MTV European Music Awards (EMA), held in Amsterdam.

  • Best Look - Harry Styles
  • Best Live - Beyonce
  • Best Pop - One Direction
  • Global Icon - Eminem
  • Worldwide Act - Chris Lee (Li Yuchun)
  • Best Female - Katy Perry
  • Best Male - Justin Bieber
  • Best Electronic - Avicii
  • Best Rock - Green Day
  • Best New - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Best Alternative - 30 seconds to Mars
  • Best Hip Hop - Eminem
  • Best Song - Bruno Mars "Locked Out Of Heaven"
  • Best UK & Ireland Act - One Direction
  • Biggest Fans - Tokio Hotel
  • Best Push - Austin Mahone

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry best male and female artists

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Eminem are among the artists who have already snapped up gongs at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam.

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Miley Cyrus wears backless mini-dress to MTV Awards

Miley Cyrus on the red carpet of the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in a backless mini-dress. Credit: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT

Miley Cyrus has arrived at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in a backless mini-dress that was an apparent homage to late rappers Tupac and Notorious BIG.

The 19-year-old former Hannah Montana star's dress emblazoned the words 'Please Stop Violence'.

Ellie Goulding on the red carper of the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

British Songstress Ellie Goulding also flashed some flesh in a black lace Dolce and Gabbana dress, while US singer Katy Perry arrived at the Ziggo Dome in a more demure mint green dress.

Katy Perry arrives at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

British hopefuls go for gongs at MTV Europe Music Awards

Rita Ora will share a stage with stars including Taylor Swift, Muse and Alicia Keys at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) tonight - less than six months after releasing her debut album.

Pop star Rita Ora. Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

The singer, who was born in Yugoslavia but grew up in London, is nominated for the Best New Act at the event in Frankfurt, Germany.

She is up against fellow Brit hopefuls, One Direction, for the award.

Also nominated are US group fun., Lana Del Rey and Carly Rae Jepson.