Surprise, All You Naysayers: Miley Cyrus Really Can Sing
Photo: Mark Davis
Photo: Mark Davis
That is: The girl has serious talent.
Cyrus seemed on a mission to prove this Saturday night at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Sure, she did choose to show up in an eyebrow-raising see-through outfit which revealed most of her figure, consisting of a white fishnet minidress, black pasties, and what appeared to be black-and-white bikini bottoms underneath. And she did greenlight a stage set with rainbows, mushrooms, and dancing little people. Oh yes, and she sang into a banana-shaped microphone.
However, aside from those details, the singer's most shocking move was her admirably restrained set. This included the surprise inclusion of "Look What They've Done to My Song," a 1972 Melanie Safka tune she covered last year as part of a "Backyard Sessions" project filmed without much fanfare or promotion, as well as a jaw-dropping, emotion-packed, and banana-mic-free delivery of "Wrecking Ball."
Reaction from viewers at Las Vegas's MGM Grand Garden Arena proved aghast at the singer's talent, while Twitter exploded with a mixed bag of comments -- some discussing the revealing outfit, but many praising her heartfelt delivery.
"@MileyUpdateEU: When Miley sang Wrecking ball at the Iheart Radio i ended up sobbing with her. Flawless & Emotional performance!"
— ♡Smiles☆ (@Sweet_Honey_18) September 22, 2013
Cyrus actually has shown over and over that she has the vocal chops to hang with the best of them -- we just haven't been paying attention, for the most part. To wit, a minor viral wave occurred around her pre-haircut, pre-foam finger "Backyard Sessions," which in addition to the Safka cover included a particularly stunning version of her godmother Dolly Parton's classic "Jolene." (Cyrus infamously denounced country music as "contrived" back in 2010, which of course is such sweet irony.)