Does Anyone Else Think Miley Cyrus ‘Unplugged’ Wasn’t That Unplugged?

January 30th, 2014 // 6 Comments

Now, maybe my idea of an MTV Unplugged session is old, but isn’t it that it’s a small space, small audience, small band and just the musical artist(s) singing? While Miley CyrusMTV Unplugged session covered some of these, I’m a little bit confused.

Miley’s special aired last night with the aim of giving us a new look at Miley, which it did. And even though it was a great place for her to showcase her vocal talents, I can’t help think that it was more like a small concert than something “unplugged.” 

The girl had props, and costumes, and costume changes, and basically an entire band. Even the version of “Wrecking Ball” sounds more like something off her album or from a giant, live stage show than the small, stripped down version I was expecting.

None of this is to say that Miley isn’t talented. She has a very clear picture of what she’s doing, and when she sang Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene” it was gorgeous. But remember when she sang it on her backyard session? Now that was unplugged.

I know I often bring up Adam Lambert, but did you see his Unpluggedsession? I would argue that Adam is just as outrageous as Miley–if not more–but when he performed he was truly raw. Watch him sing “Mad World” below and try not to be moved. While Miley was fun, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Oh, and that Madonna thing was weird. Launch the gallery to check out some photos from the evening. What did you guys think about it? Am I just being overly critical? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

By Sabba Rahbar

  1. Sandra

    I totally agree. I really like her crazy ass, but she has plenty of oportunities to do crazy things, I think she wasted this one to do something intimate and really special.

  2. Sandra

    Oh! And yes, I loved Adam’s unplugged !!

  3. Xqzmoi

    ” I would argue that Adam is just as outrageous as Miley–if not more”

    That stuff is water under the bridge. Adam has been fairly mainstream as of late. The only things that continue to be outrageous about Adam are his outrageous good looks and that ridiculous voice of his.

    Regarding Unplugged, Adam’s session was a master class.

    • Actually I don’t think Adam is any less ‘outrageous’ than he ever was, it’s just that the political situation for gay people in the US has changed dramatically in the last 5 years and everyone else has just caught up with him.
      Maybe not everyone but a significant number of people have changed their views on gay people or become more open and vocal about them. And that has been to some degree due to Adam himself and the good example he sets to show that gay people are not the demons people were taught they were.

  4. Ha! I would never insult Adam by calling him “mainstream” – he’s anything but. His concerts are still “outrageous” in comparison to all the WGWG gigs out there. He is a fascinating performer on stage as any viewing of Adam fronting Queen demonstrates – and he gets even more frisky with his own gigs. But I also love Adam dialled back & just showcasing his vocals. I wish Miley would stop trying so hard and just let her talent do the talking at times, like Adam does. But she’s young & still finding her way. Hopefully she’ll get there.

  5. Enough about Miley I’m so sick of her antics and her attention getting obsession. She needs to grow up and just sing no twerking or anything else. She didn’t sing unplugged for sure. Many say they are singing w/o electronics but sneak in an electric guitar or keyboard maybe to hid their vocals. BTW Adam hasn’t been outrageous in years so please do your research. He’s not mainstream either but just himself. That is what others need to do.

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