While all eyes were on Miley Cyrus at this year's MTV EMA Awards, wondering how she'd outdo herself following her recent duet with Robin Thicke, the highest-octane performance turned out to come from someone completely different.

When Bruno Mars took to the stage to sing 'Gorilla', it was clear his voice was on top form.

But it was the pole-dancer performing beside him on stage who stole the show, executing a series of breathtaking moves in time to the song.

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Bruno Mars' artistry was matched by his dancing partner

As well as being incredibly flexible, spinning around the pole, often upside down, it was clear this dancer was immensely strong, frequently holding herself sideways, away from the pole, before flipping her body around effortlessly.

Even, during the bridge in the music, with Bruno Mars playing the guitar towards her while she stayed in the crab position, what could have looked ridiculously gratuitous, was rendered artistic and impressive by the dancer's skills.

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  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

  • Bruno Mars Performs 'Gorilla' At MTV EMA Awards 2013

Mars took home the Award for Best Song, for 'Locked Out of Heaven', but lost out on 'Best Male' to Justin Bieber, who wasn't at the ceremony. Katy Perry took home 'Best Female.

Rock was represented on the night with performances by The Killers, Kings of Leon and Imagine Dragons, but the night was stolen by Eminem, who collected his Icon Award from Will 'Ron Burgundy' Ferrell, as well as taking to the stage, via a giant boom-box to perform 'Berzerk', and then prove he still has the vocal tricks on 'Rap God'.

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Miley Cyrus attends the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Ellie Goulding attends the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    US singer Katy Perry poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Rita Ora poses in the photo room during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for MTV)

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    Australian singer Iggy Azalea poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Chris Lee attends the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Eva Simons poses in the photo room during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Katy Perry poses in the photo room during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Shanina Shaik poses in the photo room during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Jedward pose in the photo room during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Miley Cyrus perfroms onstage during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Sylvie Van der Vaart attends the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    Dutch DJ Nicky Romero (L) and guest pose as they arrive to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Robin Thicke poses in the photo room during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for MTV)

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    James Tindale (L) and Jay Gardner pose as they arrive to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US singer and actress Bridgit Mendler poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo of Icona Pop attend the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Anna Drijver attends the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    Dutch actress Halina Reijn poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US actor Will Ferrell as Anchorman's Ron Burgundy poses as he arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US singer Ariana Grande poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Scottish DJ Calvin Harris poses as he arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Dutch model Sylvie Van der Vaart poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Victoria Azarenka and MC Redfoo attend the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: Dizzee Rascal attends the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV)

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    British TV presenter, model and fashion journalist Louise Roe poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Irish presenter for MTV Europe, Laura Whitmore poses as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • MTV EMA's 2013 - Press Conference

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 09: Redfoo attends a press conference ahead of the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Westerunie on November 9, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Helene Wiesenhaan/Getty Images for MTV)

The 2013 MTV EMA ceremony is repeated in full tonight (Monday 11 November) at 6.30pm on MTV UK

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    Katy Perry collects her Best Female award on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Kings of Leon perform on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry collects her Best Female award on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry collects her Best Female award on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Kings of Leon perform on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Kings of Leon perform on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage with Iggy Azalea during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Kings of Leon perform on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Kings of Leon perform on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • MTV Europe Music Awards - Amsterdam

    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Bruno Mars collects his award for Best Song on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Bruno Mars collects his award for Best Song on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Presenter Redfoo on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Katy Perry peforms on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Presenter Redfoo on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Presenter Redfoo on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Miley Cyrus performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Miley Cyrus performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage with Iggy Azalea during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage with Iggy Azalea during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Iggy Azalea arriving for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage with Iggy Azalea during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Iggy Azalea arriving for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Iggy Azalea arriving for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Iggy Azalea arriving for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage with Iggy Azalea during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Iggy Azalea arriving for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Iggy Azalea arriving for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    Robin Thicke performs on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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