After a brief appearance in the opening monologue of “SNL 40,” Miley Cyrus brought the house down towards the end of the night with a soulful, country-inflected cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.”
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The song didn’t just feature Miley on vocals, though — and they were gorgeous, highlighting Miley’s highly underrated, excellently husky singing voice. It also had former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen on tambourine… And the entire band, and crowd, singing along.
For those of you more aware of the “Wrecking Ball” singer than Simon, it was a lovely tribute: Cyrus is one of the few guests to both host and perform on the show, and Paul Simon did the same. The only difference, Simon first pulled double-duty on the second ever episode of the show, on October 18, 1975.
So in a way, Miley wasn’t just paying tribute to a musical legend, she was also — and appropriately, for the 40th anniversary special — bringing that legacy full circle.
Now let’s have Paul Simon cover “Wrecking Ball” in the nude.
“When I do put on some clothes, most likely Jeremy Scott designed it,” Cyrus said during her speech.”You can thank him when I don’t have my titties out’ [Laughs] I wanted to start with saying, a few years ago I decided I wanted to go back into music, and I went straight to V magazine who I knew always celebrated, you know, young people being themselves, being free, being creative, knowing what they want to do, knowing who they want to be, and not being afraid of that. And, without knowing really much about Jeremy, I went to the rack and every single thing I came out wearing was Jeremy Scott. He was one of the designers that wasn’t afraid of me, especially in the beginning. He was willing to try to take a risk, and put clothes on [me]; no one knew what I was going to turn out to be. I don’t know if we still know what I’m going to turn out to be! [Laughs] But I’m standing here now, I’m clothed, and I’m here with Jeremy to present this award.” Watch Miley in action!
Miley Cyrus says we need to talk about sex more.
Especially with young people who think it’s OK to have unprotected sex.
“I think that most of it is just having the conversation and taking away the kind of embarrassment or guilt that people feel attached to sex,” Cyrus tells me.
The “Wrecking Ball” singer is sounding off on sex because she’s the new face of MAC Cosmetics’ iconic Viva Glam campaign. Proceeds from a hot pink lipstick and lip gloss created by Cyrus benefit the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I think the way sex has been made to be seen as bad or guilty, I think it’s just opening up that conversation that’s saying if you’re doing it, protect yourself. And I think young people need to be talking,” Cyrus said.
Earlier in the day, Cyrus visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center to meet homeless youth and to learn more about HIV prevention.
She impressed that when “you walk in, there is a bowl of condoms right there. You didn’t have to ask.”
Cyrus praised the Viva Glam campaign because it wasn’t about making a profit.
“You don’t see me kind of doing this stuff very often,” Cyrus said. “I’m not the person to go out and say, ‘Buy my lipstick,’ or ‘Buy my this, or, ‘Buy my that.’ This was something I obviously didn’t mind saying…and kind of shamelessly plugging because it’s going towards such an amazing thing. Every penny of it! It’s not halfway going to help and halfway paying someone’s salary. It’s a hundred percent!”
Miley Cyrus is glamming it up as the newest face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign. Her chic pink-shaded lipstick and gloss are available in stores and online now – and, in good ol’ Miley fashion, she’s been taking to her social media accounts to promote the new line.
While the pics of her posing for MAC are eye-catchingly stunning – and the 15-second teaser she uploaded to Instagram is glitzy and fun – the 22-year-old has caught a lot of flak for other photos and videos she shares on the social media app.
But, in a new interview, the “Wrecking Ball” songstress tells ET she doesn’t really think about what she shares!
When asked about what her thought process is behind her posts she quipped, “Not much!”
“People go, ‘Whoa. Do you ever wake up and think, ‘Wow, maybe I shouldn’t have Instagrammed that?’ You can tell when I’m really bored, or I just woke up and I lay in bed for an hour and I’ll do eight or nine posts in a row.”
But on the other end of the spectrum, she goes MIA on social media when life gets hectic.
“When I’m actually busy and having a life — people don’t know what’s happening,” she explained, “People will literally text me and ask me if I’m okay. My managers are always like, ‘Are you okay? Are you on this planet? Because we haven’t heard from you, we haven’t seen any Instagram posts.’”
The former Disney darling said that while she’s a fan of Instagram, she realizes the enormous power it has.
“I think Instagram is fun, but there’s also a lot of down sides to it I think for young girls,” she told ET.
“But, I think it’s also a place where you can kind of celebrate being who you are. You can make yourself, you can be whoever you want to be on Instagram which is fun… that’s also dangerous, but it’s really fun for people like me.”
She’s not oblivious to the media scrutiny surrounding her either. But Miley thinks people have the wrong idea about who she really is – calm and collected at heart.
“I think people try to make me seem a lot less centered than I am,” she shared candidly. “I’m not one of those people that go, ‘I’m not what you see on TV,’ ‘cause I am exactly what you see on TV. I’m who I am, and you see what I’m doing, and I’ll never say, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean that.’”
The star takes full responsibility for her actions too, admitting she’s not exempt from making mistakes.
“You make choices and sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong just like in life,” she explained. “Mine are magnified and people kind of try to make you seem out of control when actually I’m a pretty, happy, centered person that likes to do a lot of things for people.”
Watch our interview with Miley above and tune in to Entertainment Tonight tonight for more of our sit-down with Miley. Then check ETonline next week to see what she shared about upcoming music and yes… Justin Bieber.
All proceeds from Miley’s Viva Glam line go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I went on tour for a while and I feel like I got to do some soul searching in a way,” she said. “What did I want my music to mean? What do I kind of want my life to mean? If I’m going to sell something, and people are going to rush to get it– I want it to kind of mean something.”