You heard right. America’s controversial sweetheart, Miley is performing Billy Idol‘s “Rebel Yell” at this year’s VH1 DIVAS. We sneaked a peek at her closed rehearsal set, and it’s going to be wild. One word: cages. That is all.
Now, when the song and music video for the track that made British punk rocker Billy an MTV icon dropped in 1984, the future Mrs. Liam Hemsworth was like negative nine years old. But generation gap be damned, the similarities between the two stars is kind of hard to ignore. Here are five reasons Miley is the perfect choice to cover this tune:
#1 – The Hair
The spiky platinum blonde coif Miley’s sporting is looking a little familiar. I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if she suddenly revealed she’s actually Billy Idol’s estranged daughter. When she first went blonde and sheared her signature brown tresses over the summer, people were critical of her P!nk-like pixie. So Miley did what any rebel would do. She went and shortened it more, more, more.
#2 – The Punk Style
Miley is definitely embracing her punk side and loving it. You can’t rock edgy hair without edgy clothes. Just last week at DJ Borgore’s ‘Christmas Creampies’ concert Miley wore tight leather pants, a cutout bra top and leopard-print boots as she shimmed alongside topless dancers. So, not so much the strippers, but everyone knows Billy Idol’s spiked and studded leather jackets with tight pants are punk fashion 101.
#3 – The Vocal Rasp
There’s no doubt Billy Idol created his own signature style with that unmistakable snarl. Well, Miley has her own amazingly raspy trademark growl that has served her well in distinguishing her voice above the rest of the pop world din out there (and made her fun to impersonate). And if last night’s rehearsal was any indication, she’s sure to do the original “Rebel Yell” justice.
#4 – The Rebellious Attitude
Behind Billy Idol’s success is a combination of zero f***s given and raw sex appeal. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see Miley has the same thing going for her and it keeps us fascinated. From motorbike accidents to sudden engagements, these two just do what they want. It’s a lifestyle. Don’t hate.
#5 – Their Stage Names Rhyme
The artist formerly known as Destiny Hope switched over to Miley Cyrus officially a few years back when her career skyrocketed as a teen. She assumed her new license credentials by dropping the “s” off her nickname Smiley. Billy Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad, but shortened it to Billy and took his surname alias from a schoolteacher’s description of him as “idle” as a boy.