Yikes! Miley Cyrus is a hot mess in Las Vegas

Shock value or downward spiral? Miley Cyrus cries during an emotional performance of “Wrecking Ball” then parties hard with the Kardashians.

Miley Cyrus backstage at MGM Grand for iHeart Radio.

Miley Cyrus spent Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada twerking, crying, and partying.

The weekend following Cyrus’ split from her now ex-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, Miley walked the MGM Grand red carpet for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Cyrus wore black pasties, and a white fishnet dress complete with a some kind of furry shrug (see right).

No one can pull off desperation served with a side of stripper better than MC.

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Fans caught a glimpse of Miley’s breakup pain when the singer attempted to get through her smash hit, “Wrecking Ball.”

Billboard describes Cyrus’ singing as “crawling through the chorus’ high notes” and noted she struggled to get through the emotional and seemingly personal song. Video footage below shows Cyrus shakily perform the ballad, rumored to be about Hemsworth, as she grabs her hair and covers her face in what looks to be anguish.

After her iHeartRadio set was finished, Miley turned to Las Vegas nightlife to party with the Kardashians. Cyrus was seen posing for photographs with Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian. Miley later posted a sexy Twitter picture of herself in a bikini somewhere in Las Vegas.

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Miley Cyrus’ truly outrageous — and often controversial — lead some to speculate Cyrus is simply playing us all for gossip queens. Elliot Friar wrote an op-ed for millennial news site PolicyMic and called Cyrus “meteoric rise from innocent Disney star to superstar pop” icon a result of a calculated media strategy.

Case in point: Miley’s salacious music video for “Wrecking Ball” smashed through Vevo records and inspired numerous parodies that went vial. The Nicolas Cage “Wrecking Ball” GIF is especially popular.

Miley’s iHeartRadio performance and questionable outfit selection still seem to scream “hot mess” despite the very real possibility it’s all for show. Hopefully the career success Cyrus enjoys won’t push the once grounded Disney star into a downward spiral of superficial antics.

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