Almost a year has gone by since Miley Cyrus revealed her shocking performance at the MTV VMA Awards. Although the TV might have recovered from its shock and is now functioning normally, some people have found it hard to remove the performance from their memory, thus making it so that negative thoughts might be attached when you might hear the words ‘Miley Cyrus’, or see a picture of her in a magazine, or hear a song of hers on the radio. With this year’s VMAs, I decided to reflect on the past year focusing on Miley Cyrus and the criticisms she’s faced since her performance at the award ceremony.
Personally I feel that Miley Cyrus is a very talented musician. She is a wonderful singer, and she is able to deliver every time when singing live. She has made the transition from country to pop to hip hop and everything in between seem effortless. I mean, can you picture Dolly Parton collaborating with Wiz Khalifa and Will.i.am? The fact that a performance of hers that had taken place a year ago still has people talking means that she won’t be going anywhere anytime soon (sorry haters). Her songwriting skills aren’t mumbo-jumbo and she can move people emotionally with her music. Wrecking Ball is just one example of that. She just happens to write and produce a fun song like We Can’t Stop for the sake of it and she’s branded a bad influence, a lady who can’t keep her tongue in her mouth and her butt from twerking.
If you find yourself agreeing with the ‘haterz’, this post is meant for you. I will present a case (blog post) defending Miley Cyrus, which will consist of 5 exhibits (songs) to help prove that she is indeed a talented lyrical, musical genius. I’ve chosen her covers of songs from different artists to highlight her diversity and ability to perform different kinds of songs. Notice that they are all live too!
Summertime Sadness – Live Lounge Cover:
Some said it was better than the original, either way there was no denying the flawless and beautiful cover of Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness that Miley gave to Radio One listeners back in November 2013. If this acoustic version of the song doesn’t convert you, I encourage you to continue reading.
Hey Ya – Cover at Bangerz Tour
Putting her own spin on the Outkast hit Hey Ya, the crowd sang along to Miley’s rendition of the song. Relaxing yet still charged with her sense of fun, Miley once again shows her abilities to sing effortlessly live with a simple guitar playing in the background.
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High – Arctic Monkeys cover on MTV Unplugged
Singing the song Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High by British band Arctic Monkeys, Cyrus gained a little more exposure as people wondered how the We Can’t Stop singer would sound singing an indie rock song.
The Scientist – Coldplay cover at Bangerz Tour
Cyrus gave real emotion in her cover of The Scientist, another song from a British band (Coldplay). Her fans hear a lot of her own songs at her tour, but Miley also performs her own versions of other musician’s songs, giving entertaining and moving performances throughout the night.
Jolene – Dolly Parton cover
Back in 2012, Miley performed the song Jolene by Dolly Parton, who herself has been a part of Miley’s career and life as her Godmother.
Miley’s voice never changes throughout these songs and yet she has the ability to flow from country to indie rock, from rap to pop. Her vocals in Jolene sound as though they’ve come straight from Dolly’s mouth, and she hits all the right notes in Summertime Sadness. Miley allows every emotion to flow through her and into each song she sings, providing a true performer’s rendition. Now after listening to the five songs above I hope that we can all now agree that Miley Cyrus is a serious contender in today’s music industry.