By Kate Ward
November 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM EST


She’s gone for shock value before during awards shows, but tonight, Miley Cyrus went demure — and goth — for her performance of “Forgiveness and Love” during the American Music Awards. Though the singer was reportedly set to sing her cover of Bret Michaels’ “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” during the awards show, Cyrus instead chose the ballad “Forgiveness and Love,” which certainly seemed to at least nod at her parents’ recent divorce: “The only thing that our hearts are made of / are the acts of forgiveness and love / the only thing real when push comes to shove / are the acts of forgiveness and love.” Indeed, the show’s cameramen were aware of the tabloid-worthy news of Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus’ split — right after the young singer finished her performance, the cameras panned to her mother in the audience.

Tell us: What did you think of Miley’s grown-up (in a different way this time) performance?