Miley Cyrus is, of course, now known for her highly controversial performances. With regards to the new, unadulterated Miley Cyrus there seems to be no end to the Bangerz singer’s surprise activities. Extract a little of the eccentricity and crassness of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and throw in a hipster, disguised as a sleazy Santa Claus, and you have a recipe for more odd-ball Cyrus antics.
On Dec. 6, Cyrus was performing at the 2013 KIIS FM Jingle Ball, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where she was seen delivering yet another unusual performance.
The KIIS FM Jingle Ball is an annual concert that hosts a series of marquee performers over the course of an entire day. Aside from Cyrus, this year’s event played host to Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Macklemore and Robin Thicke, to name a few of the famous faces.
A fraction of the proceeds from the star-studded occasion went to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. For every ticket sold, $1 went to the non-profit organization, which was setup in 2010 to help enhance the quality of life for ill and injured youngsters. Selena Gomez, who also delivered a performance during this year’s Jingle Ball show, was named the foundation’s ambassador in 2012, with the news announced during a broadcast on Seacrest’s radio show.
The We Can’t Stop singer’s performance was Christmas themed, as she emerged from the recesses of the stage with a candy cane microphone and clad in sparkly red attire. The characteristic Cyrus-style outfit boasted a skimpy crop top and crotch-revealing pants, rounded off by furry cuffs and a Chanel bag.
The backing dancers donned snow white leotards and antlers, as they pranced around the stage, alongside her trademark little people dancers, who wore silver onesies, cone-shaped bras and fluffy ear-muffs. At one point during the proceedings, Cyrus leant over to one of the little dancers and began man-handling her pointy assets, before moving on to slap the rear of one of her frolicking reindeer comrades.
Perhaps the pinnacle of the madness took place during the latter part of her outlandish performance of Get It Right, where upon the Nashville girl greeted, what appeared to be, a cross-dresser inside a Christmas tree costume.
Perhaps this is one performance to keep the kids away from this year, regardless of whether they have been naughty or nice.
At least, from a technical standpoint, her show went off without a hitch; other performers were not so lucky, however. Selena Gomez attempted to perform a live rendition of Undercover, alas, to no avail. According to the Rolling Stone, after experiencing sound problems, and fumbling through the song with the aid of the backing track, the ex-Disney princess was heard exclaiming “What the f**k?” The singer promised the crowd she would attempt two further songs, before prematurely retiring after a performance of Come and Get It.
Ariana Grande was awarded the penultimate slot for the night. Grande too suffered from similar sound-related issues, but managed to make it through her opening song, Right There. The 20-year-old announced that
she was suffering from bronchitis and apologized for the mixing problems that plagued her singing efforts.
Meanwhile, after the show concluded, Cyrus twittered a backstage picture of herself standing aside the sleazy Santa, holding a candy cane in a rather precarious position and feigning a shocked expression.
Cyrus has clearly had a massively successful year. After putting in a number of appearances at various high-profile events, including the VMAs and Saturday Night Live, and hitting the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 with Wrecking Ball, it seems the singing sensation is going from strength to strength.
After Cyrus’ festive twerk and grind against the sleazy Santa, it seems the public can expect more of the same from the show-stopping star. The question remains, however: is Miley’s new musical direction too raunchy and over-the-top, or is it just a sign of the times? Let us know in the comments section, below.
By James Fenner