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.
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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
— Frank DiGiacomo (@frankdigiacomo) February 16, 2015
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) February 16, 2015
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. So don’t just take it from Olympians and the Twitter masses; check out her performance here and tell us what you think. Did Miley kill it or what?