Miley Cyrus covered Lana Del Rey on BBC's Live Lounge, and for the first time in a while, just let her singing tell the story. Yes, the former Hanna Montana actress and spawn of Billy Ray Cyrus can still actually just sing.
According to comments on Twitter and YouTube, Miley Cyrus actually covered "Summertime Sadness" better than the original singer, but that's really a matter of opinion.
For a while this year, it seemed like Miley Cyrus was bent on taking the Marilyn Manson route to fame, shocking us into seeing her work. If it wasn't for the tongue wagging, twerking, drug references, and naked wrecking ball shenanigans, would she have even had her songs noticed? The critics would most likely have treated her with a little more respect if she hadn't gone that route.
Miley Cyrus' Lana Del Rey cover began with a hint of her usual tricks, showing her tongue for no real reason, but afterward, she showed us she still has talent.
Media-wise, the two singers took an almost exact opposite route to fame this year. Lana Del Rey is notorious for telling us next to nothing about her life, not resorting to shock value to get her music out. She keeps us guessing about her personal life, and we respect her for it.
I love it!! RT @igmurillo: This is amazing y'all! "@BuzzFeed: Miley Cyrus Covers Lana Del Rey http://t.co/b7DvgWO7pX"
— Robin (@SW33TNBT4L) November 14, 2013
Miley Cyrus on the other hand … just see her VMAs performance with Robin Thicke if you need a summary. While Miley Cyrus literally stripped down for her "Wrecking Ball" music video, Lana Del Ray simply bared all emotionally.
Miley's fans this time around were probably more shocked that she dressed more conservatively in a black turtleneck sweater. It's been a while since we've seen her just acting like her old self, bringing back her classic country style.
It seems talent doesn't fade even if the public's respect for you does. Miley Cyrus' Lana Del Rey cover of "Summertime Sadness" on BCC's Live Lounge has shown us that much.
What do you think of Miley Cyrus's toned-down performance in the video above?
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