Miley Cyrus’ first red carpet event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is tonight, and the singer brought out her best for a major fashion moment. Cyrus wore a sheer sequined Mugler dress at the MTV VMAs, which is being shot in various outdoor locations in New York City. (There are also some pre-recorded segments that will be in the show.)
Cyrus will perform her song “Midnight Sky” tonight, believed to be about her breakup from Liam Hemsworth. When the song first came out earlier this month, Cyrus spoke to Apple Music about how important it was for her to reclaim her narrative.
“Especially in this time, I think all of us are evolving at a speed. I definitely feel the growing pains,” she started. “I’ve been feeling even physically kind of constricted in my being. I think all of us are just feeling like we’re expanding. We are declaring what we find acceptable and not, where our morals and our values lie. That was really important for me with this record, because talking about ‘Midnight Sky,’ specifically, I felt like my story and my narrative had kind of been told for me over the past year. Obviously, I went through an extremely public breakup and, even more than that, a divorce, and with someone that I had been with for ten years. That narrative and that experience of ten years was told for me by one day from the eyes of a helicopter.” (Cyrus is referring to the photos taken of her and Kaitlynn Carter making out on vacation right as she announced her separation from Hemsworth.)
“I felt kind of villainized,” she continued. “I also felt like I kind of shut down, because it was kind of, respectfully, below me to engage with the press and the media at that time. It felt like I would rather be able to articulate this experience in a poetic way that also I can put back into my art. I never really have engaged. I’ve only played with the public and the perception in that way. So for this record, actually, the way that I even wrote ‘Midnight Sky’ was I was prepping to create a video for another song. I wrote and directed and conceptualized the video for ‘Midnight Sky,’ but it started because I was doing that with another song. Then Andrew Watt, my creative partner, came over and played me this track, and I scratched everything and said, ‘I’ve got to write this. This is the foundation of which I feel like I can lay my story on top of that.'”
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