When Madonna took the stage to perform a mash-up of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop" with Miley Cyrus during the young pop star'sepisode of "Unplugged," a few similarities between the two jumped to mind — aside from their matching cowgirl outfits and protruding tongues.
"I grew up listening to Madonna and a lot of what she represented for me is what I try to represent to girls now," Cyrus told MTV News. "Not being afraid of sexuality and really being who you want to be and doing what you want to do. And that's what 'Don't Tell Me' is about....I feel like 'We Can't Stop' is kind of the 2013 version of 'Don't Tell Me.' "
And, in a lot of ways, Miley Cyrus is the 2013 version of Madonna. Granted, Cyrus has a long way to go before she reaches Madge's icon status, but she certainly does seem to share some of the Queen of Pop's DNA. MTV News breaks down their shared traits below...
In addition to being pop stars, both Madonna and Miley have nabbed their share of screen time — Miley, most famously, in the Disney Channel TV series "Hannah Montana" and Madonna in such classics as "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Evita" and "A League of Their Own."
2. They Both Had Iconic VMA Performances
After twerking all over Robin Thicke — and some bears — during the2013 MTV VMAs, Cyrus addressed all the hubbub that her posterior had shook up with a reference to Madonna.
"I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times," Miley told MTV News. "How many times have we seen this play out in pop music? ... Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history."
For those who weren't cognizant during the '80s: Madonna caused quite the stir when she performed "Like a Virgin" in 1984 in a punked-out wedding dress while writhing on the floor.
No bears graced the stage, but her undulations —like Cyrus' — were anything but virginal.
3. They've Both Posed For Racy Photos
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Madonna released a scandalous coffee table book titled "Sex" back in 1992, featuring the Queen of Pop in various states of deshabille. Miley Cyrus posed for what the Internet set calls a very "NSFW" photoshootwith Terry Richardson in 2013, mugging with an Arizona Iced Tea can held at a very suspect angle.
4. They Both Helped Set Off A Dance Craze
Granted, Madonna's "Vogue" is much more tame than Miley's twerk.
5. They've Both Into Self-Love
Miley's "Adore You" video got people all hot and bothered because, in the vid, well ... she's getting herself all hot and bothered.
Madonna has similarly shocked audiences with simulated self-love over the years, most notably during her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour, which caused an outcry among Catholics for its juxtaposition of religious imagery and sexy themes.
6. They Both Worked With Pharrell
Jack of All Trades Pharrell Williams worked on both Madonna's 2008 album Hard Candy and Cyrus' BANGERZ.
"That's my lil sis," Williams told MTV News of Cyrus. "She knows what she wants to do and at the tender age that she is now, she's just getting started."
7. They Both Dig Grills
Madge and Miley have been sporting blinged-out chompers for a while now, Madonna most recently sporting the sparklers during the 56th Grammy Awards.
8. They Both Scored Guinness World Records
Both Miley and Madge have nabbed their share of Guinness World Records -- Madonna's including Top-selling Female Recording Artist and Miley's Most Charted Teenager.
9. They're Both Into Reinvention
As Miley has made abundantly clear over the last year or so, she's not Hannah Montana anymore. Sure, her transformation may seem drastic, but when it comes to entertainers, she joins a long line of musicians — including Madonna herself — who have reinvented themselves over the course of their careers.
It just remains to be seen who she will become next.