With Cold, Cough and Naked Midriff, Miley Cyrus Belts Out New Year Showstopper

"The most clothes I’ve been in in 2013," Cyrus said

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Miley Cyrus performs as thousands of revelers gather in New York's Times Square to celebrate the ball drop at the annual New Year's Eve celebration on December 31, 2013 in New York City.

She came, she twerked, she conquered, but the question on everyone’s mind this New Year’s Eve was whether Miley Cyrus could deliver a performance as sensational — and provocative — as her previous appearance on  MTV’s Video Music Award.

The odds were stacked against her, with temperatures in New York plunging below freezing and Cyrus tweeting five hours before her performance about a nagging “cough/cold” combo. “If I can just get thru tonight I can have a nice lil break,” Cyrus wrote.

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She took the stage above Times Square in a white fur coat, parted in the middle, revealing that despite the cough/cold combo, she would brave the elements in a shimmering gold crop top/trousers combo.

The performance opened with a slightly pitchy rendition of “#Geitright” and a brief bump-and-grind with a back-up dancer half her height. Then came the showstopping rendition of “Wrecking Ball,” which turned into a sing-a-long with the big crowd. Panning shots of the revelers showed a startling number who knew the lyrics by heart.

Cyrus told the host of the night’s ceremony, Ryan Seacrest, that her outfit that night was “the most clothes I’ve been in in 2013,” and suggested she would have worn much less, if not for the weather. Thus the year of Cyrus ended, not with a bang, but a brrr.

14 comments
fatalreview
fatalreview

proving yet again that 13 is a very bad number-lets hope that the Smelly Circus goes out with the old year

SodaSullivan
SodaSullivan

I have not understood all the sniping and hatred towards Cyrus, by both armchair critics and other "celebrities". Okay, she is not Taylor Swift or Lordes. She is certainly not my cup of tea, although that rendition of Wrecking Ball was pretty amazing.

But why the hate, the exaggerations and insults? Compared to her peers, Cyrus is practically an angel. No drug arrests. No DUI. No stumbling out of the clubs and punching anyone. No car crashes. No leaked porn movie. No spitting on people. By California standards, she is practically a saint! The girl is a very young 21 year old doing dumb stuff that 21 year old's do and she managed to dominate 2013 in the process. She is not a great singer, but she has proven she is a very good one. when she wants to be. She seems to have a fairly good sense of humor about things. The only thing I can figure is that the fact that she is pretty and seems to be just having fun is simply not acceptable by a lot of people. Luckily she has had the last laugh.

BellaMia7
BellaMia7

So tacky. So vulgar. So Miley Cyrus.

Shazzer
Shazzer

Always has a "cold" when she gives a bad performance. Said the same thing after her X-factor fail. I'm so tired of her playing at being gay and fondling dwarves. Ugh.

RB1
RB1

As always, we have the hate crowd spreading their envoy and hatred towards someone that has much more talent and opportunity than they will ever come close to! Your pathetic and extremely shallow! Get a life and find some other way to vent your hatred, other than through public forums. This should be your new year resolution"Think_again, johnconaway, CarlRobbins."

Think_again
Think_again

"brief bump-and-grind with a back-up dancer half her height"?? What was that about? Next she'll get Leo up there so they can toss the dancer around? That bit of exploitation was a dead heat between nonsensical and offensively gratuitous. Other than that, meh. Here's hoping to see less of her in 2014.

CarlRobbins
CarlRobbins

She pretty much set the bar for a post doctorate thesis/ clinical, on music and pop culture ........If it's proved she did this essentially by herself.....her legacy may be remembered more about her instinctive cultural brilliance, than her considerable musical talent. 

fatalreview
fatalreview

@RB1I hope licking up the sh-t from that Smelly Circus is good for you-but commenting on the disgusting stupidity of fame drooling attention hoes is great therapy and free-who knows it might even keep a few people from taking out a city block with an AK-47-you know in tribute to it's creator and all--ya never know--your new years resolution-stop being a sap-and lighten up-if these idiots read this BS that is their fault

Think_again
Think_again

@RB1 


Criticism of offensive behavior is not "hate."Exploitation of little people to get further attention for a performance (of a song that had nothing to do with little people) is pathetic and extremely shallow, not criticism of that thoughtless attention grab.


And don't worry -- Miley is drinking up the attention for her 'controversial' behavior and loves your defense of her thoughtless behavior, all the way to the bank. Miley is actively courting criticism and is getting it; hopefully some valid criticism will eventually get through to her.Her attention grabs are getting increasingly tiresome.


I can't think of a single performer in the whole evening who showed the same self-serving and flagrant disrespect toward an identifiable group of people. Little people have been exploited and abused for entertainment and cheap laughs for a very long time (note: in the Wizard of Oz, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire they are part of the story, so I'm not saying they can never be represented), and the most recent use has also been in the "comedy" movie the 'Wolf of Wall Street.' At least the 'Wolf' movie apparently showed some awareness that this -- i.e. dwarf tossing -- is not OK.


If you want to know what real "hate" looks like, read the paper. I'd like to see less of that kind of hate in the new year too.

fatalreview
fatalreview

@CarlRobbinsyou mean trend marketer like Madonna? or Gene Simmons-they all suck too-I like music to come from musicians not a marketing circus-go figure--she is the undisputed Smelly Circus top twerk clown of twitter twatting however-if that's what you mean

Think_again
Think_again

@RB1 


Robin Thicke, by comparison, both refused to be exploited by Cyrus, and also declined to repeat his use of topless dancers, choosing instead to focus on singing the song. Out of the two of them, he took the higher road, and also for obvious reasons wants nothing to do with her and her antics again.