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Miley Cyrus Boosting Musical Cred With “We Can’t Stop” Alternatives?

Submitted by on October 10, 2013 – 9:12 amOne Comment

If you’ve seen the music video for Miley Cyrus‘ “We Can’t Stop,” you might be surprised to know there’s a song accompanying it. Most attention goes to Cyrus and other attractive people onscreen, and Cyrus sticking out her tongue a lot. But in several recent TV appearances, the singer has earned praise for stripped-down (no pun intended) performances of the hit single. By taking away the sexualized visuals and computer-modulated vocals, many are surprised by Cyrus’ pure voice.

First, as musical guest (and host) on Saturday Night Live last weekend, Cyrus impressed audiences with an acoustic rendition of the song in her set:

Then yesterday, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon released a video of a completely a capella version of the song, performed by Miley, Jimmy Fallon, and the Roots. (Cyrus does throw in a tongue-sticking-out at the end.)

Both renditions (especially the SNL one) showcase a voice much more powerful and lyrical than that captured in the studio recording.

Late Night may already have been established as a place where musicians can help rehabilitate their images. Fallon and The Roots’ “songs on kindergarten instruments” have become popular viral videos. And in August, the show released a video of Robin Thicke and the gang performing Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” on the toy musical instruments.

“Blurred Lines” had generated controversy for suggesting  a grey area of sexual consent, and for objectifying women in the video.

Thicke and Cyrus performed together in a controversial VMA performance in August, featuring both “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines.”

What do you think- have Cyrus’ recent performances changed your opinion of her musical ability?

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