NEW YORK: Britney Spears has defended Miley Cyrus following her controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, saying she gives her “props”. Former Hannah Montana star Miley was criticised for her saucy display at the event. But Britney, who has raised eyebrows with some of her own steamy stage performances in the past, said during a Good Morning America interview that Miley didn’t deserve the backlash. “I think anytime you do a performance that is that memorable, you’re going to have criticism,” said the 31-year-old.  “I think she’s doing her thing. She’s being herself, so I give props to her.” –BN