June 22nd, 2010
09:57 AM ET

Amidst controversy, Miley hits the stage in LA

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.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Chels

    I think she has taken things way too far. She is a pretty girl and could get the same or more attention just by being a better teenage girl. She has the voice and she is a great actress. Some people try to say she is going crazy and put the blame on her parents, well her dad was a singer as well but he wasn't a rock n roll crazy guy..he was a country music singer who didn't go insane at concerts and such. She has been raised in a decently good family so there is really no reason for her to act the way she is and for them to approve of this kind of behaivor. Slow down Miley, there is a long road ahead of you talent wise but at the rate you're going..it will be another Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan..

    June 25, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. justanopinion

    we have a new spokes woman from the slapaho tribe....

    June 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Annie

    I love Miley. I think for a young girl growing up in the spotlight her whole life she's managed to stay somewhat sane which is more than most can say!
    Who cares if she dresses provocatively... she's freakin' hot!

    June 23, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Laura

    It is what it is...the teeny boopers love her.....live & let live. I can not see her going the Brittany route her parents are behind her every step. Peace

    June 23, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    Christina Aguilera wasn't scandalized and neither was Hilary Duff and Jessica Simpson, at least not like Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan.
    The only thing I can think of that Christina and Hilary were "scandalized" for was Christina's transition with the "Dirrty" song and pictures of Hilary Duff's engagement "gift" after her hockey-beau proposed to her.

    Miley Cyrus isn't going anywhere. I think she has fully established that. Whether or not she sets an example or wants to do things "her way" is her decision. I ultimately think her parents should really be a big hand in her decision as well considering she has gotten so much coverage over her actions. I'm going to assume her parents don't have an issue with the things she does or what she wears. However, that doesn't mean the rest of the population should rely on a celebrity to be "role models" for our children.
    I don't really care for Miley Cyrus but if the topic of her comes up and it bothers you so much, why bother to comment and bomb her? It's a waste of energy. Channel your energy elsewhere where I'm sure you'll find it a little more useful, rather than ranting on an online article about someoney ou apparently despise so much you have to trash talk.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Guest

    She is a wannabe brittany spears. If you noticed, similar things happened to her,
    ex. A: Wanting to break free from disney and becoming a bad girl
    ex B: Having controversial pictures, and causing drama
    ex C: Being very young when all of this happens
    What's next for Miley Cyrus? Is a K-Fed like person going to come in? Will she go crazy and shave her head?
    We don't know yet, but for her sake, hopefully not.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MehBleh

    Well this is the way of things. A fresh-faced squeaky clean young girl signs with Disney, has a career based on being "good" and "virginal" and "appropriate," then she hits 18 and everyone is scandalized when she doesn't want to be seen as that same little kid anymore. See: Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Christina Aguilera... Miley's not the first one it's happened to and she won't be the last. Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Miranda Cosgrove are hot on her heels.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      She's not 18 yet.

      Hilary Duff hasn't been scandalized... where did you get that information from?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MileySucks

    Well her outfits now are a little Julia Roberts a la Pretty Woman. So... Yes, I think that's a little bit inappropriate for a 17 yr old.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • @MileySucks

      I think saying a she sucks is inappropriate, not to mention you comparing her to a callgirl.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Billy Ray Cyrus

    You call that talent? Your daughter should forget it and take that job at McDonalds.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Neil O'Brien

    As the Father of a15 year old aspiring singer/songwriter I find Miley Cyrus offensive. She does not write her own music and dresses inappropriately for someone her age. My daughter does nothing of the like and is up and coming in her own right. Check out her original tunes on imadeamovie.com- now thats REAL talent!

    June 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melinda

      Are you expecting us to go fawn all over your kid? Newsflash: plenty of 15-year-olds write songs and post them on the internet, it doesn't make them "up and coming."

      June 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood Jablome

      I watched it, she sucks.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rick

    So she does her own thing... by singing a lot of cover songs?

    June 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ben

    ugliest. trailer trash. ever.

    June 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood Jablome

      Didn't you just say the same thing about Lady Gaga? Same old BS, different star.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barton

    Hmmmm...hello, didn't Miley say she was not going to sing anymore and that she wanted to focus on her acting career? Poor baby girl, just cannot make up her mind what she wants to do...I mean, she has so many options...singing, acting with her daddy, posing half nude...etc..She is a major JOKE!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kate

    I don't mind the content of her videos, which is no different from anything else that kids see on VH1. But I do mind that she has frequently said that she doesn't think school is important. That's the wrong message for her to send to her young fans.

    June 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • morgan

      well, of course she doesn't think school is important. she's got a lucrative career that she wants to go after. that's not to say that education isn't important or that she might not want to get a degree later, but why would anyone give up the chance to make millions doing practically nothing in exchange for studying calculus at a school she probably wouldn't have gotten into if she weren't miley cyrus?

      June 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Morgan, plenty of young stars have had lucrative careers that they've put on hold for a few years while they broadened their horizons at college. Natalie Portman, Julia Stiles, Emma Watson – all of them have pursued/are pursuing a college degree concurrently to their careers. It can be done. And if I had a daughter, I'd far prefer her to look up to any of those stars than Miley.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bxcatlady

      You make an excellent point – and that's where the parents have to step in on the fantasy. Look at Raven Symone – she started really young (The Cosby Show) and she's withstood very well.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mo

    i think all of you need to quit your whining, this is a free country, no-one is forcing you to watch her, if you don't like what she does for a living, then don't watch her, simple as that. If your kid is looking up to Miley Cyrus as a role model then something is definitely missing at home that they feel the need to look up to a teenager for a role model : )
    all of you need to chillax and go to the gym to release all that negative energy instead of hateful words online.

    June 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bxcatlady

      You must not have any kids, and if you do I'll bet none of them have hit the age of 9 or 10 yet. It's not that parents don't need to be role models – they definitely do. Even with the best of parental role models, the girls see this girl, not much older (at least in their minds she's still a younger "Hannah" because of the reruns they watch), and they want to be like her because she has the clothes, the popularity, yada yada. It's a fantasy and a dream – one that needs to be kept in check and put into perspective – but a fantasy nonetheless. The only time this gets dangerous is when the kids take it past fantasy. It's just that when it comes to girls' role models, the boxing gloves come out. Miley is simply trying to find herself. It's hard enough to do that when you're not in the limelight, but when you are....well, we've all seen what happens to child-actors/performers. Maybe if we'd all lay off and stop putting the pressure on them and hold their "handlers" (a/k/a parents) responsible we'd see less of this.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • no mo

      Please tell us how to avoid seeing her in the news at 10.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ashleyann

    Miley won't last because she doesn't have an ounce of talent. She can't sing at all. She was able to follow her handlers directions at a young age. I can't stand her voice. It hurts my ears.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. Spooger

    It's amazing. Everytime there's a story about Miley Cyrus, it's the same old posts. Face it, she's not going away and she's much more richer than any of you will ever be. Sounds like she's the one doing all the laughing.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • heh

      Of course she's doing the laughing... she obviously isn't singing.

      If money is your barometer for success, then you are bound to be disappointed in the long run.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooger

      Money IS the key to success, especially in the entertainment world. What rock do you live under"?

      June 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • heh

      Let's see where money takes you, then.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Spooger

      I didn't know trolls were Miley fans...

      June 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooger

      @heh – what the hell does my money have to do with Miley Cyrus? You've got the attention span of a 3 year old. As for the other fool, come up with something original, why don't you? Calling people trolls is old news.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Interesting...

      Why is anyone on this comment thread taking someone with the name of "Spooger" seriously? I know I wouldn't.

      Calling someone a fool isn't original either, Spooger. Did I injure your pride? It seems like I probably did, considering you've felt the need to respond to all these other people talking about you. Originality is hard to come by, especially when it comes to insults, as illustrated by the replies and your comments. I assume you probably want to come back with an insult to me, becuase that's what people who need to feel "validated" would do.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      You guys are just so smart. Keep feeding Spooger attention. I don't exactly know what Miley Cyrus has to do with a bunch of crybabies.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooger

      @interesting – yeah, like your psuedo-psycho BS is gonna stop me from calling you the tard that you are. Seriously, your a bigger idiot then lol.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooger

      @lol – fool, you're the biggest troll on these blogs. Pot meet kettle.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Spooger

      "Calling people trolls is old news" – So why are you doing the same?

      Your only comebacks are insults. "Tard," "Fool," "Idiot," etc. Apparently, your parents never taught you any manners or respect. I may be giving you too much credit here, but I sincerely believe you can do better than that.

      "Seriously, your a bigger idiot then lol." – It's YOU'RE, and it's THAN.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooger

      ...and yet again, another troll insults me. Go ahead, keep proving my point. Idiots!

      June 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ron

    She is a poor imitation of Britney. No matter what she does she will never match Britney. Mily has zero class and is not at all an artist and far from being a good role model. She is a joke and should hang it up.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Spooger

      Sure, like that's going to happen. Fool!

      June 22, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Pierre

      you are right, she is not Britney... Britney is pure white trash..

      June 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolla

      yeah, right... and Britney is classy... and a good role model... and has great music...

      June 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      SERIOUSLY?????? At least Miley isn't popping out babies and then having them taken away cause she goes off the deep end.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • KoolKat

      That would be 'popping out babies YET'

      June 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Heywood Jablome

    You all need to get a hobby or something, Obsessing over what Miley Cyrus does or wears is just wasted energy. At least she isn't flipping off her fans at a Mets game.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  20. mad max

    I think ppl should just leave her alone everyone has been that way growing up everyone makes mistakes so i really think people should lay off but u guys should deff check this out!!......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o7BpCnYF0g

    June 22, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  21. sarah

    I really don't understand all the self righteous indignation about Miley Cyrus. Do people really expect her
    to stay Hanna Montana forever and never growup??? Other girls her age change their life by either working or going off to college and for her it's with her music and acting. People are carrying on as if she's naked on stage when in fact
    it's just bare legs and stomach, it's 2010 not the middle ages for goodness sake.....what's next, accusing her of
    witchcraft and throwing her in the stocks......people really need to get a grip!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      sarah, you're just asking for a bashing from the mob... and yes, they will bash you hard and aplenty.

      By the way, I do feel if kids need role models its their parents' jobs to do that, not a celebrity. However, it is very disheartening to see that these music stars decide to flaunt their bodies and focus on their provocative moves rather than focus on the quality of their music. I can't even say that what Miley does is actually music... in the music industry we see today it appears that many artists will sell themselves for a few extra dollars here and there... it's just stupid. No one expects her to stay young, but at the same time a lot of people feel that as you grow older you need to take more responsibility for your actions. She is developing into a young woman now, and she needs to accept the fact that she's in the spotlight and that she needs to carry herself a little better than someone who isn't in the spotlight. She doesn't have to act all innocent and whatnot, but she also shouldn't be parading around with little left to the imagination and trying to show off her body to the world as if she's just a piece of meat rather than a singer (or wannabe-singer, for that matter).

      "It's 2010" is not a good excuse.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Let me guess your last name... Palin?

      June 22, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Spooger

      @lol – Boy, that old joke just keeps getting older and older. Try something new for a change.

      June 22, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

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