Madonna will perform with Miley Cyrus on ‘Unplugged’: what does it mean?


The Grammys may not love Miley Cyrus, but she’ll probably always have MTV. That’s a consolation prize of some sort, right? Miley didn’t receive any Grammy noms and skipped music’s biggest party (although she did attend the Clive Davis party on the previous evening. Oh well. Miley tweeted her Grammy night activity, which was basically playing Guitar Hero at home. I’ve included that photo at the bottom of this post. I’d feel bad for Miley, but her attention-seeking antics weren’t backed up with much substance. So it makes sense that the Grammys didn’t reward her.

Miley’s not completely off the pop cultural radar though. Madonna (who attended the Grammys as a hot mess and performed that way as well) has decided to team up with Miley as a guest star for Miley’s upcoming “Unplugged” MTV special. The program will air on Wednesday night, and it will probably be underwhelming. Miley’s probably expecting fireworks like when Madonna performed with Britney and Christina Aguilera. We’ll see:

Get ready for the pop music world to implode!

I can exclusively reveal that Miley Cyrus’ surprise guest performer for her upcoming MTV Unplugged special is none other than Madonna!

Yes, Miley and Madonna singing together!

Sources tell me that the two were on a Hollywood soundstage earlier today rehearsing the collaboration.

No word on which song exactly they’ll be performing, but does it really matter? They could read the telephone book together and the world would watch and listen.

“The performance will showcase a more intimate side of Cyrus and feature surprise guests for an unexpected re-invention of the songs that have defined her career, including several from her No. 1 critically acclaimed album, Bangerz,” MTV said in a press release last week. “Miley and her fans have always had an intimate and direct connection through her music, personality and no-holds-barred attitude and the Unplugged stage will serve as the perfect platform for her to show viewers what inspires and ignites her music and her passions.”

Since its debut in 1989, Unplugged has showcased Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Adele and Florence + The Machine.

[From E! Online]

I have to wonder what Madonna’s motivations are for performing with Miley. We all know Miley wants attention above all else, but I suspect Madge is feeling the same way these days. One only needs to witness her faux-rebellious and intentionally offensive antics on Instagram to realize that Madonna might feel just as desperate as Miley. Is Madonna trying to give Miley a career boost out of the goodness of her heart? Somehow I feel like Madge is only looking out for number one.

UPDATE: The “Unplugged” special airs tonight, but Buzzfeed has some inside details including Miley grinding against a (fake) horse. Madonna also Instagrammed this photo of herself with Miley’s tongue.


Miley Cyrus

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN, Miley Cyrus on Twitter & Madonna on Instagram

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  1. bowers says:

    They both are desperate to stay in the spotlight.

  2. PunkyMomma says:

    Madonna’s trying to stay relevant and Miley wants some cred?

  3. GiGi says:

    You know people always compare GaGa & Madonna, but the truer comparison is Madonna & Miley. Their (adult) careers are very much in line with each other. Madonna made passable pop music, but was more known for her personal & professional antics than anything… Miley is just the same.

  4. Zbornak Syndrome says:

    It means get ready for fame-whore shenanigans. I predict they will perform fellatio live on stage- or try to at the very least

  5. Katttt says:

    More than anything, that’s going to sound awful. Just awful.

  6. mzizkrizten says:

    Miley’s voice is better than Madonna’s by a mile. Madge probably thinks this collabo ups her cred. I can’t even believe Miley agreed to it, what with her comments about the old men in music. Madge is old, too, and not even gracefully old. I’m watching just so I can giggle.

  7. Jules says:

    Why won’t it be on Comedy Central instead?

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I hope they kiss and their grills lock. Permanently.

  9. Kiddo says:

    Madonna’s voice is terrible. She couldn’t even pull off Open your Heart in key, and she wasn’t dancing or moving around. No one wants this unplugged version with Miley.

  10. Neffie says:

    All i can confidently say is that it is going to be a hot mess. And i will hurl if they pull a VMA part deux

  11. paola says:

    At this point we all know Madonna is an attention seeker and pairing up with Miley Cyrus is just a bad idea. Nothing good will come from that. Madge will be behaving like a 30 something years old whore and Miley will behave like a 30 something years old whore. I mean they both want to act like cool chicks but neither of them is.. the age gap is huge between those too and while Madge was really hot in the performance with Britney, now she looks really old and sounds even worse. Plus i found her performance at the grammy very bad, it seemed like she couldn’t even open her mouth due to all the work done on her face,
    I used to like Madonna.. i wish she could have planned the ‘old age career’ a bit better..but she wants to compete with the kids. She is not cool anymore.. and as someone said in the past ‘You need to leave the party when you’re at the peak of your career’.
    And that was ages ago Madge.

  12. Shannon1972 says:

    …..and whatever respect I had left for Madonna has wilted.
    Is she trying to be some grand matriarch of pop, or something? Or does she feel solidarity with a younger star who’s been facing a lot of backlash and criticism for her overt sexuality? If that’s the case, then it makes sense. If it’s simply to try to latch on to Miley’s gravy train, then that makes me sad. Based on her behavior these days, I’m afraid it’s the latter.

  13. lucy2 says:

    What does it mean? It means Madonna has again tried to leech onto someone who is younger and popular at the moment, in a desperate move of trying to stay relevant. It’s been her go to maneuver for about a decade now.

  14. Kiddo says:

    You know when old and young duos work? When the old person has strong vocals. When Tony Bennett did the duos with GaGa and Amy Winehouse, everyone sounded good even though the songs were very different genres than what the younger generation typically engaged in. Madonna and Miley are both in pop. Madonna relies on stage performances instead of vocals.
    I don’t get this unplugged-version at all. It’s not a mix of music styles, it isn’t two extremely good voices joined, maybe it will work with Miley singing Madonna songs, who knows?

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      Not to rag on old people, as I am an old people myself, but unfortunately so many singers lose their range after they hit a certain age, and to hear them is just sad. A lot of pop/rock stars are not great vocalists to begin with. Madonna has never had the vocal chops. She was all performance. She was not a terrible singer. She could stay on key, but her stage presence and performance were what sold her music. This is clearly a move on Madge’s part to stay relevant, and I think she is just gross.

  15. Pri says:

    Her face is so swollen that she can’t make an expression. How Awful!!! Stop Madonna. It hurts.

    Also, bangerz – critically acclaimed?

  16. Sammi says:

    What does it mean?

    It means Madonna has officially run out of new and original ideas.

    Time to put her out to pasture.

  17. Jayna says:

    Are they both going to wear their grillz?

  18. Leila in wunderland says:

    I don’t feel bad for her for not getting a grammy. Demi and Selena didn’t get nominated despite their hit albums and songs either. And Taylor Swift, even though she was nominated, won nothing. It seems like this year the grammys wanted to focus on newer artists, and the only way an older artist got anything was if they were talented. Demi can sing, though, so I don’t know why she didn’t get anything. They’ll probably all be nominated next year.

    • aquarius64 says:

      Demi and Selena are still seen as bubblegum pop singers; that’s why they didn’t get Grammy nods. NARAS doesn’t care if their albums sold very well or that critics may like the work. A lot of people make the false assumptions of big sales and big fan base = Grammy wins. That’s irrelevant to that body. NARAS has a special panel composed of musicians and other industry members that judge the QUALITY of the work. The Grammy is a more prestigious award, a mark that you are a true musician in the genre you’re in. A Grammy nomination or win also help album sales because being recognized by NARAS sells that it’s quality work. MTV awards are simply popularity contests fueled by fans, not impartial judges. If Demi and Selena was to be on a Grammy roster their music needs to mature a lot.

    • paola says:

      I agree with Aquarius.
      Lorde music has a different dimension compared to Taylor Swift’s. I’m not dissing Swifty but to me all her songs sounds the same while Lorde has just come up as a true artist, very different and if you want quirky. Maybe she won’t win again next year if she keeps working on the same style because we’ve all already seen that but nothing says she won’t mature her music even more producing something different.
      I’m glad that there is still an award given out by people who actually know music and it’s on a more professional level.
      Now, why Katy Perry was singing on stage, that is a mistery to me,. but hey, at least there was no Rihanna, no Miley Cyrus, no lady Gaga! That has to mean something!

  19. aquarius64 says:

    That Grammy snub must have hit Miley hard. That Guitar Hero Instagram is proof of that. If it didn’t she wouldn’t bother to tweet on Grammy night. Ratchet-palooza didn’t pay for Miley and Co. as they thought. Remember the damage control statement that Bangerz wasn’t nominated because it missed the eligibility deadline? The album may have but two songs from it – “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” were out before the cutoff date. The Grammy people apparently thought those opuses were not worthy of a nomination. I bet they told Miley she couldn’t perform on the show; NARAS and CBS didn’t want the blax-ploitation/little person exploitation act happening live on their watch.

    I thought Miley finally realized she has to play ball to have longevity in the industry. The first step was performing at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party. Notice she left the usual routine at home. But this pairing with Madonna – I’m not sure. Madge is older now, but she looks like she doesn’t want to age gracefully. Latching on to Li’l Miss Ratchet keeps her in the news; and Miley teaming with the Material Girl looks like the passing of the torch. If this MTV unplugged concert turns into a raunch-fest it won’t bode well for either of them.

  20. Kelly says:

    It means grandma Madge is desperately trying to make herself still relevant…

  21. Bread and Circuses says:

    Attention-whores of a feather, flock together.

    It’s a good match, in some ways. Madonna squeezed a lot of her career out of being controversial.

    The difference is Madonna crafted her persona with intention and backed it up with strong songs and by working her ass off. She was always a smart and determined business woman.

    Whereas Miley is a spoiled rich kid with zero work ethic whose ego insists she should be famous just for existing.

    • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

      Yes, also does chipmunk realize that Madonna in the late 80s to mid 90s filled and performed In stadiums like all the big stadium rockers – U2, Guns and Roses, INXS, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, etc. – I’d love to see chipmunk try and fill a 50,000 seat venue and perform live and entertain for 2 hrs. minimum. Chipmunk confuses ego and marketing with actually being able to perform live in large venues where you make your mark.

  22. brooklynbreeder says:

    Dolly Parton would have made me happier.

  23. Nicolette says:

    The Crypt Keeper and The Chipmunk. What a pair.

  24. Dimebox says:

    I picture Madonna as a dementor sucking out the life force of anyone younger. Miley, you in danger girl!

  25. Baskingshark says:

    It means Miley’s shrivelled corpse will be found in some bushes out back of the studio after Madonna attempts to suck the youth out of her.

  26. Jayna says:

    OKay. I am all down with dissing Madonna for her grillz and such,, but I don’t get the hate for this.
    Elton John does duets with young stars all the time and has for years and not a peep. The Stones always bring a young popstar out for a song and not too much flack. Madonna is going to do one song with her and it’s a mashup of one of Miley’s songs and Madonna’s country-infused hit Don’t Tell Me (from her 2000 album Music) and their performance is acoustic. I honestly think this is okay.

    I am more interested in one thing. She will be putting out a new album by the end of the year or very first of next, but aiming for the end of this year. She insinuated I think it will be more sophisticated like Erotica was. For anyone that has never listened to the album Erotica, it isn’t some sex romp album. Beyond the amazing Erotica song, which I love by the way, it has fantastic songs about love and heartbreak, being cheated on (by Warren Beatty), death, like Rain, Deeper and Deeper, In This Life, a cover of Fever, Bad Girl, Words, Thief of Hearts, Why’s It So Hard, etc. It is a very sophisticated, polished album. Will she do something sophisticated or try to still get down with the kids? We will see.

  27. Jayna says:

    Will we ever see this Madonna again?

    Singing Bad Girls live on SNL 1993 –

  28. StepfordWifeNot says:

    It means pass the sick bag … this won’t be pretty.

  29. Jayna says:

    Madonna hasn’t come on yet, but I’m enjoying the hell out of little Miley on this special. She just tore up Jolene and one of her new songs, Drive, was epic live. The girl can really perform live and belt out songs and keeps her country flavor. You can’t take that away from her even with all of her antics.

  30. Jaded says:

    Madonna is desperate, Miley is just another pathetic Britney Spears-like path to relevance. All I can think of is a quote by William S. Burroughs: “Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.”

  31. babythestarsshinebrite says:

    Everything is everything; mostly Everything is recycled garbage.