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Miley Cyrus releases surprise free album during MTV VMAs

Miley Cyrus performs during the 2015 MTV Video

Miley Cyrus performs during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian

And they say the Video Music Awards aren't about music.

Host Miley Cyrus proved that common assumption at least a little bit wrong Sunday night, when she announced the release of her new album, "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz," streaming for free on her website.

It was the biggest surprise of the night from Cyrus, 22, whose barely-there costumes and talk about her drug use are hardly shocking two years after her infamous "Blurred Lines" performance at the 2013 VMAs.

She performed "Dooo It," a new song off the album, to close the award show, accompanied on stage by stars from "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Much of 23-track album was written and recorded with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and produced by Mike Will Made-It, who produced Cyrus' last album, "Bangerz."

The slightly macabre "Dead Petz" title appears to reference the deaths of her dog, Floyd, who was killed by a coyote in 2014, and her blowfish, Pablow, whose passing she sang about in one of her Backyard Sessions videos earlier this year.

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