June 22nd, 2010
09:57 AM ET
It seems that not a week goes by without another headline referring to Miley Cyrus’s latest controversy. She’s scrutinized in the public eye for her risqué outfits, for being a “bad example” and for her alleged indecent exposure, all while just she's trying to become an adult.
On Monday night, Cyrus performed material from her latest album, “Can’t Be Tamed,” at the House of Blues in West Hollywood as well as to an online audience via MTV’s live stream. The crowd wasn’t limited to the Disney teenyboppers that previously filled her “Hannah Montana” shows, but also included her loyal of-age followers, her family and yes, even her boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth.
The parents in attendance weren’t there only to chaperone their children - they belted out the lyrics to her new rendition of “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” as loudly as their underage kids.
Cyrus started the night with a performance of “Can’t Be Tamed,” a routine that’s been attracting negative attention for being provocative. But her performances have clearly been designed to send the same message – this Miley is doing things her way.
Yet it was when the cameras stopped rolling that Cyrus became even more captivating and liberated, showing that she was like any other teen trying to define herself, except her life is under a microscope.
The irony was not lost on us that the first song Miley chose to sing after those cameras stopped streaming live was a cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” arguably the same track that a then 19-year-old Britney Spears chose to cover to break out of the same "House of Mouse" mold Miley has been encased in.
Not lost on Cyrus, however, has been the much-debated topic of remembering that she is still a young girl. She closed the show with two older songs that were released when she was viewed more as the character “Hannah Montana” than herself.
She declared “The Climb” as one of her favorite songs ever to sing, a track originally recorded for “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” and her playful “Party in the USA” was sung back to her by every fan in the venue.
Although she left the stage with fans wanting more, Cyrus never returned, forcing us to wait and see what the new Miley will do next.
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