Miley Cyrus (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Bud Light) + Black Francis of Pixies (Cristina Andina/Redferns) + Sinead O’Connor (Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Miley Cyrus went all out for her set at this year’s Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, performing 20 songs including mashups, covers, and a live debut of a ‘Plastic Hearts’ deep cut.

The former Disney star opened up the show with her 2013 hit ‘We Can’t Stop’, with a brief interpolation of the Pixies’ 1988 classic ‘Where Is My Mind?’. Later in the set, she blends ‘Wrecking Ball’ with elements of Sinead O’Connor’s Prince-written ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

A sextet of covers punctuated the setlist, first with ‘Heart Of Glass’ by Blondie, then ‘23’ by Mike WiLL Made-It and ‘Maybe’ by Janis Joplin, with the live debut of her own ‘Plastic Hearts’ track ‘Never Be Me’ sandwiched in-between. A cover of Cher’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ followed, with ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton and ‘Like A Prayer’ by Madonna also given tributes.

Take a look at some crowd-shot footage of Cyrus’ set below:

Cyrus co-headlined this year’s edition of the annual Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, sharing the top spot with Green Day. Other acts that performed at the three-day festival – which ran from Thursday February 10 to Saturday 12 – were Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Mickey Guyton.

Green Day’s set was also laced with covers, as the skate-punk mainstays paid tribute to The Crickets (‘I Fought The Law’), Tommy James & The Shondells (‘I Think We’re Alone Now’), KISS (‘Rock And Roll All Nite’) and Operation Ivy (‘Knowledge’). 

The festival marked the second year in a row that Cyrus played a pre-game gig ahead of the Super Bowl – last year, she performed for 7,500 healthcare workers at the first ever TikTok Tailgate

Cyrus kicked off the year by hosting her own festival, a televised event dubbed Miley’s New Year’s Party, which saw her perform alongside the likes of Saweetie, Jack Harlow and Brandi Carlile. She suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction during her performance, and debuted a new song titled ‘You’

In a four-star review of Cyrus’ most recent album – 2020’s ‘Plastic Hearts’ – NME’s El Hunt said it “finds the pop-star-turned-rock-star going hell for leather – and when Miley Cyrus is at full throttle, it’s an absolute blast. Life has imitated art, and she’s become her very own Ashley O.”

The post Miley Cyrus mashed up classics from Pixies, Sinead O’Connor with her own music at Super Bowl pre-concert appeared first on NME.


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