The show must go on.
While things certainly looked different at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this year, Miley Cyrus‘ performance was as big, bright and exciting as ever. While chatting with Elvis Duran after her killer set, the 27-year-old pop star opened up about taking the stage without an audience and why music is so important during these strange, uncertain times. “I think it’s giving us that pop escapism and some normalcy,” Miley said of the iHeartRadio Music Festival. She even joked that she hopes her performance this year, being so over the top, makes everybody watching feel like things are temporarily back to normal.
One thing that’s not so normal for Miley? Performing on stage without any fans in the audience. “At a concert, the artist comes second and the crowd comes first,” Miley told Elvis. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss that. I don’t love this. I miss my fans. The virtual wall isn’t enough for me. It’s not,” she said, though she praised all the hard work that goes into making a music festival happen safely during a pandemic. In the best of times, Miley says, we all want to be “sweaty, packed in, and in Vegas” when we go see music live.
This isn’t the first time Miley has performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival over the last 10 years. The reason she keeps coming back is for the eclectic lineup. Speaking with Elvis, Miley says she doesn’t feel like she’s a “genre-specific artist” so it’s fun for her to perform here alongside artists like BTS, Bon Jovi, Migos and more.
Miley and Elvis took time out of their music chat to speak about the upcoming presidential election. Miley’s been using her voice and platform to remind her fans to vote. “Changes need to be made and they don’t happen without our attention or activism,” Miley said. This past year showed us we “need unity and to put our differences aside” and do what is best “not only for the care of our own country, but for the world.” The best way to do that is by voting.
In case you missed it, or just want to re-live all of the epic performances from this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival, tune in to the two-night highlights special on The CW on September 27 and 28 from 8-10pm ET/PT.
Niall Horan is an enormous Miley Cyrus fan and has shown his appreciation of her latest track, ‘Midnight Sky’, by covering it using piano and guitar and his dreamy voice on Instagram live, much to fans’ delight.
The 27-year-old is open about his massive love for Miley’s music, talking and posting about her often, and whilst chilling on live in his lounge, he decided to give his own little rendition.
Niall said: “I’ll tell you what song I’m absolutely obsessed with at the moment, is Midnight Sky.”
He began to play the chords and sing along to the chorus, and fans in the comment section was loving how much the former One Direction star was piling on praise for Miley.
Fans wrote, “he’s obsessed with Miley” and “such a fan” and if he’s chosen to stan anyone, we must say he’s chosen well.
Only last week did he praise Miley on Twitter for a performance she gave of the song, getting a message back from the lady herself with a kiss emoji.
We can’t help but let our imaginations run away with us and wonder what a collaboration between the duo would sound like.
The hosts asked her about the upcoming election and whether or not she plans to use her platform to advocate for any political causes.
“Listen, I’m 27… and I know I’ve never experienced an election this important before and I’m not sure that I ever will again. I hope not in my lifetime,” she explained.
She said that, above all, she’s hoping that the troubling times Americans find themselves in will motivate the public, especially young people, to get active and ensure that everyone around them is prepared to vote in November.
“I can’t express the importance enough, especially of young people, of getting out there and being active and making sure that their friends, their families are voting and have their information,” Cyrus explained. “Whether it’s mailing in, the state of our country right now, the hate, the pain. It’s just crucial that we get out there and make changes and we have someone fit for the job running our country.”
Although the “Midnight Sky” songstress believes America is at its “rock bottom,” she’s felt encouraged to see the youth of America doing so much.
“I think young people are really stepping up to the plate, really taking charge and getting mobilized,” she said. “I think it’s also the dedication working and advocating tirelessly. I really think so. I think that it’s kind of rock bottom here right now. So I think this is a desperate time and that’s when people really step up.”
However, she won’t let herself get complacent.
“I don’t believe in ‘Don’t worry be happy,’ I believe that worry is healthy,” she added. “Worry is why we are washing our hands, wearing our masks, keeping our distance.”
“I believe in realism and not saying everything is going to be OK,” she concluded.
At the end of July, Billie Eilish released her latest song “my future,” and just recently, Miley Cyruscovered a track for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. And if you’ve ever wondered what both artists would sound like singing the song together, look no further, because one fan on Twitter has taken care of that for all of us.
Twitter fan account @MileyNation13 made a mashup of Billie performing “My Future,” with Miley’s performance of the song, and the result is gorgeous.
The mashup caught the eye of Miley Cyrus and during a recent interview on UK radio station Capital FM, she called it “really, really cool.” She said, “Someone actually did this with Billie. Someone put her version with mine. I’m taking the lower octave and she’s singing up in that nice head voice, falsetto. It’s really, really cool.”
Check out the Miley/Billie (Millie?) mashup below.
Of course, we can only hope that Miley and Billie can get together one day and perform this live as a duet (or any song, really). In fact, after Cyrus had performed the song on Live Lounge, Billie sent her a beautiful flower arrangement with a sweet note that said, “Thank you for your sweet cover of ‘my future’! Hopefully we can meet soon when all of this is over.” Miley responded to the gesture by tweeting, “ROCKSTAR @billieeilish COMING THRU WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET EVVVVVVEEEER! MADE MY F***ING DAY! APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR ART!”
Miley is getting ready to drop her new album She Is Miley Cyrus, which she has already given fans a taste of via her song “Midnight Sky.” Earlier this year during an Australian Radio interview, the singer said the project has some rock and roll with “Joan Jett vibes.” She’s also worked with star producers like Mark Ronson, Max Martin and Andrew Watt.
"The way that he pools from all the different eras of music… but still makes it sound like something you've never heard"@MileyCyrus is full of praise for her pal @MarkRonson 💜 pic.twitter.com/GLxIKLupQ4— The Official Big Top 40 (@BigTop40) September 13, 2020
"Honestly the UK fans, i cannot wait to we all can be together again and i wanna hear everybody singing along, hope you will know the words by the time we are together." – Miley to her UK fans ✨ pic.twitter.com/Ia7SDStBil— Miley Updates (@MileyUpdates) September 13, 2020
🚨 | @MileyCyrus says she has a collaboration with @DUALIPA on her upcoming album! [@TheEdgeNZ]— Dua Lipa Hungary (@dualipahungary) September 13, 2020
“From Dua Lipa to Billy Idol, you guys think I’m joking but I’m not, I’ve got Dua and Billy Idol on the same record. And that is meant to be played at a festival.” pic.twitter.com/tUWVmuSiBN
Huge lifestyle changes for @MileyCyrus after quitting veganism. 🥦— The Edge (@TheEdgeNZ) September 14, 2020
“If I could learn to live 110% living a vegan lifestyle that would be ideal. I just didn't get there.”#MileyCyrus #MidnightSky #SHEISMILEYCYRUS pic.twitter.com/BtPsTFaqik