Miley Cyrus never misses a chance to make headlines.
And normally the superstar is being dissed for her I-do-what-I-want-and-don’t-care-what-you-think attitude. She has been putting out that edginess for a while now, ever since she broke out that tongue and foam finger for her performance with “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke, clearly making a line in the sand between her in “real life” and her on-screen, squeaky clean character, Hannah Montana, of yesteryear.
She continued to do her own thing during her surprise performance at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary show. The Bangerz star showed she doesn’t need to wear crazy (or no) clothes or dance around all provocatively to make a big impact.
Cyrus took the stage during the anniversary special in a rockin’ white pants suit and proceeded to belt out the most beautiful version of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”
Her throaty, deep voice was pitch-perfect for this arrangement. She was backed up by a demur collection of instruments, including Fred Armisen nonchalantly playing tambourine in the background. And personally, I think the dude playing the bass drum almost stole the show from Cyrus; he was getting really into his own playing right behind her.
We kept hoping Simon might crash her performance since Cyrus crashed the opening monologue, but I think he might have been so taken aback by her performance, as we were, and thought she could handle it all on her own.
Cyrus used this epic SNL 40 show as a platform to silence all the haters and show the world that she’s got a damn good voice. And in my opinion, she totally shut it down, proving, beyond a doubt, why she is one of the top entertainers around today.
Fun fact for you: Cyrus and Simon are two entertainers in a small group who have both hosted and performed for Saturday Night Live! There’s your Jeopardy! trivia for the day. You’re welcome.
Now, don’t just take it from me. Let’s put her performance through to the ultimate litmus test: Twitter.
And the judges have decided. Cyrus’ performance: a total hit.
Check out some of the best tweets:
Miley Cyrus continues to surprise me. Love the way she owned that performance of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” #SNL40
But for real @MileyCyrus rocked that performance. I can’t even understand the hate #SNL40
Say what you will about Miley Cyrus, but you can’t say her vocals aren’t killer.
Of course, there was a fair share of trolls, posting nothing but the usual trolly junk from people who clearly didn’t actually listen to her sing. Did Miley kill it or what?
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.
In a night already packed to the gills with celebrities, it was the appearance of Miley Cyrus — tongue and all — that got us screaming for more during the “SNL 40″ special that aired tonight (February 15) on NBC.
Miley has previously hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice: once in 2011, and again in 2013. Given her comedic chops, it should be no surprise that she killed it both times, but nothing prepared us for the hilarity that ensued when she took the stage during the epic celebration.
Joining frequent hosts Tom Hanks, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, as well as Chris Rock, Melissa McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and way more after the opening credits, Miley quipped that her double-duty hosting as host and musical guest wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
“I got paid twice,” Cyrus quipped. “$400, both times. Big bucks. Boom.”
Then Cyrus stood laughing in the background while legends Paul McCartney and Paul Simon dueted on “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” followed by clips from early “SNL” history.
Celebrities are people, too, you know.
Still, it is surreal to see this many in one room.
A radiant Sharon Stone is in the house, chatting away to Justin Timberlake, who must have missed the black-tie memo (open-necked shirt, needs a shave).
Eddie Redmayne is present and correct, all suited up, but he’s eclipsed by Mila Jovovich across the way – the preggers lady in red.
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives.
Sleek and chic in a black tuxedo, she takes her seat opposite Tom Ford.
RiRi is here, too, wearing one of Ford’s provocative ‘pasties’ numbers – white gown, totally sheer bodice, nipples just covered with sequins.
Miley Cyrus has also joined Ford’s Order of the Boob.
She’s in one of his beaded, black harness dresses – there’s a layer of tulle behind the straps, but in the flashbulbs, it disappears and she looks nearly naked.
The “just breathe” tattoo under her bra line (the first one she got, aged 17, back when she still had Hannah Montana hair) is clearly visible.
We’re at the ritzy amfAR Inspiration Gala fundraiser in LA, now in its fifth year, and given the context, plus the fact she has brought her mum along as her date, Cyrus’s dress – or lack thereof – should be shocking.
Only somehow it isn’t, because our favourite provocative popstrel has made an art form out of flashing her assets.
And like her Wrecking Ball tankini, this evening’s outfit is positively chaste compared to the bodysuits from her Bangerz tour.
Can you feel all the love in the air?!
Valentine’s Day is officially here and Hollywood’s favorite couples are celebrating the special day in the cutest ways possible.
New mom Zoe Saldana took time out of her romantic afternoon to share a candid snapshot with her man Marco Perego. “Happy Valentine’s Day my love,” she captioned before sharing a kiss by the water. “Thank you for being born and for being the most precious creature in my universe.”
Others like Miley Cyrus couldn’t wait until Saturday to celebrate!
On Friday night, the “We Can’t Stop” singer joined boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger for what looks to be a romantic dinner out. “Val,” she captioned the photo while taking a selfie with her main squeeze.
She was later treated to a giant bouquet of flowers and dozens of giant balloons. Now that’s what every girl wants to wake up to on a Saturday morning.
And while we eagerly wait to see more precious Instagram photos throughout the evening (because that’s really when the romance heats up), we’ve found more than a few couples already celebrating.
What do you make of Miley Cyrus?
I like her. She seems like she doesn’t care what people think. People are always telling her she’s dirty or crazy or trashy, and she doesn’t care. I love that about her. In her peer group, she stands out.
When you look back on your career, what part do you think you played in changing taboos about growing up female in America?
I don’t think there was one part. I think it’s an ongoing activity in my life. I’m continuing to open doors for the women behind me. I don’t know many women who have had a successful career in pop music as long as I’ve had. And I waited until I was older to have children. I raised children and wasn’t married. And I continue to express myself — my sexuality — in my 50s, even though that’s also considered taboo, and I get a lot of shit for it. But in 20 years, Miley Cyrus probably won’t get shit for it. Then, it’ll be like, “Oh, yeah, that’s nothing new.”