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Twerking is undoubtedly THE buzzword of 2013 that just doesn't seem to be going anywhere! While Miley Cyrus has clearly popularised this bottom-shaking dance trend, it actually has a much longer history than people probably realise. Join Capital as we take a look through the history of twerking...and which stars are responsibly for its rise!
Whether it's Miley Cyrus twerking her way into the VMAs or ANY of Beyonce's live shows, it's clear you just can't escape the twerking phenomenon this year! But let's go right back in time to find where this dancing trend (probably) started...
The hip-hop rapper's ubiquitous hit may just have inspired an entire generation of future twerkers! Sir Mix-A-Lot... we salute you!
Twenty years ago now DJ Jubilee released a video for his hit song 'Do The Jubilee All', giving music lovers their first taste of twerking, as part of the New Orleans Bounce music scene.
Different spelling... same meaning! The hip-hop duo helped launch twerking into a new millennium with their 2000 release.
The US rapper launched his hit 'Twerk A Little' over ten years ago now, produced by Timbaland, that name-checked the future dance craze.
Back in 2003 twerking started to get more and more name-drops in songs, most notably in Lil Jon's Ying Yang Twins team up 'Get Low'. "Twerk something baby, work something baby"... as the song goes anyway.
The 'Love On Top' singer launched her first single with Jay-Z ten years ago... and her now ubiquitous dance moves were on full show in the AMAZING music video!
The US superstar brought her twerking A-game for the music video for 'Check On It', as part of the Pink Panther soundtrack, and cemented her status as one of the best twerkers in the business!
Timbaland continued his love for twerking in his Justin Timberlake team-up 'SexyBack', name-dropped the phrase throughout the song!
Two years ago the Twerk Team became an overnight YouTube sensation for their twerking music videos, and even got a name-check on Waka Flocka Flame's song 'Round Of Applause' as a result!
The video featured COPIOUS amounts of twerking dancers... and also introduced the world to the upside-down twerk! Try at your own peril...
As she prepared for the announcement and release of her 2013 album 'Bangerz', Miley slowly but surely started to build up a reputation for bringing twerking to the masses! Picture: Instagram
The 'Holy Grail' rapper's famous name-drop of Miley proved just how far the twerking craze had gone earlier this year, with Jay-Z's lyrics "Cause somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is still twerkin'" from his song 'Madeinamerica'.
The 'Party In The USA' singer shed her Disney princess label in an instant with her twerk-heavy music video for the worldwide smash 'We Can't Stop'!
The One Direction star was (begrudgingly) convinced to show off his booty-shaking moves at the Teen Choice Awards over the summer, although he seemed to regret his actions later when he tweeted: "Note to self. Don't twerk".
The 'We Can't Stop' singer's duet with Robin Thicke at this year's MTV VMAs caused huge controversy for her raunchy dance moves and performance... and twerking was right at the centre of it!
No prizes for guessing what the music video for this trio's new single will feature... we're guessing some people twerking??
The diffusion of twerking into mainstream culture was cemented in summer 2013 when the word officially entered the English dictionary! Long live twerking!