Miley Cyrus went back to her roots for Wednesday night’s MTV Unplugged special, performing acoustic versions of songs off her latest album Bangerz on a stage set like a Tennessee hoedown.
The 21-year-old singer performed acoustic versions of her hit songs, including: “Drive”, “Adore You”, “4×4”, “Get It Right” and “Wrecking Ball.” But the highlight of the night was capping off the show with a Miley/Madonna duet.
The two pop stars who are known for pushing the boundaries on sex and scandal in the media performed a mash-up of “Don’t Tell Me” and “We Can’t Stop” not once, but twice to the live audience. Though MTV tried to keep it a secret and the song was only supposed to be performed once (but was recorded a second time due to technical issues) fans were all a buzz about the pop duet.
The Unplugged series allows musicians to put their raw vocal talent to the test by doing away with flashy concert additives like pyrotechnics and recorded backup vocals and just sing. But that’s doesn’t mean the show wasn’t dripping in a Miley-esque performance.
Pulling out all the stops, the star revealed more than just her voice. She was rather covered up when the show started, wearing a red and while checkered skintight jumpsuit but later dressed it down in a denim bikini and a ripped denim jacket overtop. And in Miley fashion, the twerking and the grinding never ended with her objects of choice including a giant wagon wheel and a horse mascot. Madonna got in on the action too by grinding up and down Miley during the duet.
With the crowd and musicians pleased with the evening’s performances, Madonna later Instagrammed, “M & M! Don’t ever Tell us We Can’t STOP! #revolutionoflove”
It’s no surprise these two would get down and dirty with each other. After the show Wednesday, Miley told ABC News, “I grew up listening to Madonna and a lot of what she represented for me, is what I try to represent to girls now: is not being afraid of sexuality.”
Rumours are now swirling that Miley’s MTV special will be available on iTunes Feb. 18.
What did you think of Miley unplugged, was everything you would hope for from Miley or did she miss the mark?