Super Bowl 2021: Miley Cyrus covers Blondie and performs with Billy Idol at TikTok Tailgate
(Miley Cyrus Twitter)
Miley Cyrus performed a cover-heavy set at her pre-game TikTok Tailgate concert, which was broadcast live on NFL‘s TikTok channel before the 2021 Super Bowl.
“Welcome to the TikTok tailgate, everyone. This is my first show in about a year, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to do it than in Tampa, surrounded by healthcare heroes,” Cyrus told the crowd. “We are extremely grateful for all your efforts. And for that we are going to hit hard!”
Cyrus started with a rendition of Toni Basil’s “Hey Mickey” and peppered her set with other covers such as Dolly Parton‘Jolene’, Nine inch nails“Head Like a Hole,” Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” and even “White Wedding,” for which she cast the song’s original vocalist, Billy Idol.
She also broke out some of her more recent hits from her latest album, Plastic Hearts, including singles “Midnight Sky” and “Prisoner”.
Later in the set, she resurfaced her 2013 song “We Can’t Stop”.
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At another point, she brought out Joan Jett to join her for a performance of the duo’s collaborative song “Bad Karma.” The two then went on to perform a rendition of Jett’s 1980 hit “Bad Reputation.”
Cyrus changed into a football jersey and teamed up again with Jett to sing the 1988 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by The Blackhearts.
Fans from home cheered on social media, with some pointing to the resemblance her outfit bore to the one she wore on her first US arena tour in 2007.
“.@NFL it’s not too late to have Miley Cyrus do the halftime show too,” wrote one fan.
Towards the end of the set, she broke into one of her first hits, 2009’s “Party in the USA,” which Britney Spears named (“We love Britney,” Cyrus said, perhaps hinting at the ongoing #FreeBritney movement).
Cyrus’ pre-Super Bowl show welcomed a live audience of 7,500 vaccinated health professionals from across the country to Tampa.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the Super Bowl game — between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — will allow only a maximum of 22,000 in-person viewers to the venue, which normally seats 75,000 people.
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