Say the name "Miley Cyrus" and what comes to mind? If you're like 99% of most people, it's probably "tongues" or "twerk" or "teddy bears." The young pop singer, who has come under fire for her increasingly wanton public performances -- which peaked with her infamous 2013 VMAs appearance and hasn't abated with her nudity-inclusive video for latest single "Wrecking Ball" -- has unfortunately covered up something that has been woefully ignored in the wake of all the chatter about her antics.
That is: The girl has serious talent.
Cyrus seemed on a mission to prove this Saturday night at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Sure, she did choose to show up in an eyebrow-raising see-through outfit which revealed most of her figure, consisting of a white fishnet minidress, black pasties, and what appeared to be black-and-white bikini bottoms underneath. And she did greenlight a stage set with rainbows, mushrooms, and dancing little people. Oh yes, and she sang into a banana-shaped microphone.
However, aside from those details, the singer's most shocking move was her admirably restrained set. This included the surprise inclusion of "Look What They've Done to My Song," a 1972 Melanie Safka tune she covered last year as part of a "Backyard Sessions" project filmed without much fanfare or promotion, as well as a jaw-dropping, emotion-packed, and banana-mic-free delivery of "Wrecking Ball."
Reaction from viewers at Las Vegas's MGM Grand Garden Arena proved aghast at the singer's talent, while Twitter exploded with a mixed bag of comments -- some discussing the revealing outfit, but many praising her heartfelt delivery.