Twerk It: The Top 10 Booty-Popping Artists in Music

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Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes; Lady Gaga; Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus

There was a time when Miley Cyrus was in the running for America's Sweetheart. What happened? She bucked right off that stage and learned how to twerk. One could argue that the pop star has done more for the raunchy type of dancing than any other lady that's ever popped their backside on beat. Last Sunday at the VMAs, Miley twerked all over the stage (and on Robin Thicke), bringing the craze into the living rooms of millions. It only makes sense that "twerk" entered the Oxford Dictionary yesterday (Aug. 28). She helped, no doubt.

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But she's not the only pop star to wag her tail in twerk-like fashion. Lady Gaga, Beyonce and even fellow youngins like Taylor Swift and Vannessa Hudgens have gotten their twerk on. Take a look at the top 10 twerkers in pop music. Some get a reluctant pat on the back for effort. Others get a round of applause for skill.

  1. 10

    Taylor Swift and the Girls

    Taylor, and a gang of other ladies that don’t have much to shake, poke their tails out. We can only hope they were on beat. But hey, if effort's rewarded, their acts deserve a little applause.

  2. 9

    Selena Gomez in the Middle of Nowhere

    Selena Gomez gets props here for getting down in the middle of a field a winding up for some light twerkage.


  3. 8

    Vannessa Hudgens Gets Down for Leno

    Singer/actress Vannessa Hudgens showed out on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” This is more so her popping her stomach and back, but we see where she was going.

  4. 7

    Ariana Grande on a Party Bus

    Love young Grande for giving it a go. But just like the legend Mariah Carey she’s often compared to, dancing of any sort doesn’t appear to be Ariana’s  forte.

  5. 6

    Rihanna During Tour Rehearsal

    This is twerk lite right here. Still, during Rihanna’s rehearsal for her recently wrapped Diamonds tour, the star learns some moves for her strip club knocker “Pour It Up” and teases her crew with some sexy switching.

  6. 5

    Ciara's "Body Party" Video

    It’s a party and we’re all invited. Really though, Ciara’s boyfriend Future is the one getting the best experience at it. Ci’ winds and twerks for him during the party with her crew, then gives him a private show later on.

  7. 4

    Lady Gaga Serves the Cake

    Last winter Lady Gaga warmed up the Internet by dropping her bottoms at letting her cheeks loose to twerk for Terry Richardson’s camera. It’s a murky clip, but that’s clearly Gaga in high heels popping her backside for all to see.

  8. 3

    Nicki Minaj in Busta Rhymes' "Twerk It" Video

    Between spitting bars in her island accent, Nicki Minaj backs up her wagon on Busta Rhymes in his “Twerk It” video. See how easy and effortless it is for her? Don’t let her fool you. These are tricks that should not be tried at home.

  9. 2

    Beyonce's "Check On It"

    Twerking may just be getting big on a pop level now, but do remember that Beyonce was singing about it and showing the moves back in 2006. That's a Houston girl for you.

  10. 1

    Miley Cyrus Twerks as a Unicorn

    Before Sunday’s twerk circus at the VMAs, there was this: Miley donning this unicorn costume and showing the world her then unknown knack for twerking. To J. Dash’s “WOP,” Miley does it like an A student of Twerk U. The VMAs must have been her graduation ceremony.



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