Miley Cyrus gets naked for 'Wrecking Ball' ride
September 9th, 2013
04:21 PM ET

Miley Cyrus gets naked for 'Wrecking Ball' ride

For the three people who haven't seen a close-up of Miley Cyrus' rear (probably because they were stuck under rocks), her new music video offers another chance.

The 20-year-old singer has released the clip for "Wrecking Ball," an emotional ballad so raw that Cyrus gets stark naked to get her point across.

The video starts off innocently enough, with MTV correctly pegging Cyrus as pulling off a sadder, new era Sinead O'Connor from "Nothing Compares 2U."


But Cyrus' inspiration quickly shifts from Sinead to strip club: Before long, the star has shed a cropped white tank top and white underwear in favor of nothing at all, and sits atop a gigantic wrecking ball, swinging away in the nude.

"Don't you ever say I just walked away/I will always want you ... All I wanted was to break your walls/All you ever did was wreck me," Cyrus wails as she fondles (and then licks) a sledgehammer.

But on the plus side for her critics: Look, no twerking! See for yourself:


Filed under: Celebrities • Miley Cyrus • Music

soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Kevbo

    Crap voice, all auto-tune. Terrible person, you can just tell sometimes, like with Paula Deen. A floozy and a dumb one at that. Next.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NOYB

    Alright porn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Glen

    ummmm ..... so what? a) she isn't showing anything, well anything she didn't show on the VMA awards
    b) personally I see the artistic appropriateness of the nudity. It is a contrast between the strength of the
    wrecking ball and the vulnerability of the nudity. So ..... I don't see what all the hub-bub is about.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello

      Totally agree. Personally, I found licking sledgehammer disturbing; no problem with nudity at all.

      September 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri

    Well, if what she is after is publicity, she's done that and more. Everyone is talking about her and I doubt she cares whether it's good or bad. She just wants her name/face out there. She has a pretty face but she's become a train wreck lately. Like Bieber and Lindsey. I wonder, will she look back on this time, 10 years from now, and be proud of it, or not?

    September 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oneSTARman

    It was an OK video. I honestly think it would have been MORE effective with her just in the underwear but; that being said the nudity was more tasteful than the VMA performance.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. it

    Good grief! Why doesn't she just go ahead and make a few porn movies and get it all out there with no room for doubt. She is disgusting.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. why not

    Why the hell not.

    I'd hit it.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    Man her wallet is just filling up with money. No matter what she does now there is an article about it. The people who hate it are just giving her more press and more money.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. big doc Fisher

    What the heck is it with this girl? She is being a total fool lately. You can't just morph from Miley Cyrus of Hannah Montana to some wannabe Madonna or Lady Gaga overnight who incidentally are a way out of her league.
    Give it up while you she still has some shed of integrity (barely)

    September 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Janice

    The takeaway for me from this is how much I loved this song by Sinead O'Conner when this came out. It was nice to listen to it again. Miley has a nice voice, but I think she is giving in to the industry or her own idea of the music machine. There is no comparison, other than she copied the idea of a closeup.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I agree, I haven't listened to Sinead O'Connor's song in quite a while, and had never seen the video before. The emotional content of the video really added to the song, she's really powerful both vocally and visually.

      The Cyrus song, meh. Vocally it was nothing special, the visuals didn't do anything, the nudity and sledgehammer licking was out of place, all the video did was show a literal wrecking ball, no allusions, no real emotion, no thinking, no thanks.

      September 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. devin

    Hopefully the sledge hammer was rusty, she'll get tetanus/lockjaw, be out of the news for an extended period of time, allowing us to be free from media exposure to her idiotic, infantile antics.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rhonda

    Really ???? "dlws8607 She DOES NOT look like a 12-year-old boy. She looks like a female in her peak physical state. The only ones I suspect who are throwing a fit are females who have never looked so good and feminists, who probably fit in the first group anyway."

    I am fit and look damn good but yet, I don't have to go naked to show people that I am either. I have more respect and common sense. And you are a typical little boy who can't see past the naked form.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vashti

    Miley Cyrus gets naked for 'Wrecking Ball' ride, that would be like child porn. Yeah I know she is an adult but I still see her as a kid.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doc

    This girl has serious mental issues if she's getting her kicks making it with a sledge hammer. Somebody get her some thorazine, stat.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rhonda

    She will never come close to Sinead. Miley is a complete train wreck.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. not a hater

    um...if u don't like what u see, change the channel! Grow up & quit judging. Do u feel better about ur life? Noooo! We all live & learn so let her grow up & learn like we all do. And, i'm glad cnn hasnt let anyone post stupid poop stuff on here! Thank u cnn! Finally!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Paul

    The song is solid and will be a hit on it's own without this video. No need to lick a sledgehammer! No need to ride a wrecking ball naked!

    September 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LYTHO

    what is she trying to prove ?

    September 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jetranger

    I'm Miley Cyrus, and I have no real Talent other than to get naked and act Stupid !

    September 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  20. fk iran

    she is not inderage.../let her take it all and play boy will make an offer soon.....we like to see more usa girls get nude...thats usa for you

    September 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Cosmic_joker

    gutter control please.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. GrogInOhio

    Ugh... she's built like a 10 year old. NOT attractive!

    September 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nathan

    Meh. Who cares what this little girl does? Seriously. She's only doing this to show what a se.xual adult she's become. Pretty much like, well, everyone ever. So what. This is not artistic, it is a desperate, sad, over-scripted attempt to stay relevant.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  24. the-man

    She looks like Justin Bierber

    September 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • EFIX

      Agreed! She has the body of a boy and the face and hair of Justin Bieber. The two are look-alikes!

      September 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  25. delynmitchell

    Let the girl show what she wants! If she is to show herself, she should try to develop a body first. Too skinny and lack any form to gain any attention. Little girl trying to make something of nothing.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. David Murray

    You know what.. She's hot. And most music stars that are hot, at some point, decide to flaunt it. As a man, I certainly don't mind seeing what she has. But lets face it, the music still has to be good or I'm not going to bother watching. And I'm not sure Miley still has it. The last song Miley did that I liked was "Who Owns my Heart" and that was several years ago and didn't seem to be much of a hit with anyone else. I don't think her music is very good anymore.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. pete c


    September 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kathryn from MS

    I was semi-ok until she lickd the sledgehammer. Less is more Miley. Where is her taste. I got a sick feeling.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tars Tarkas

    She can get naked any time she likes. Period.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. bbb

    She's trash.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mike

    I think she grown out of her days as a child star. Get off her case already – she can choose whatever path she wants as an artist.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Not Working


    September 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  33. sandy

    Like her or not for a 20 year old kid, last year she was worth 150 million. Like she cares what anyone thinks....if her career lasts another year or whatever she is worth more than any of us ever will be!!

    September 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. blakenaustin

    Please stop reporting on this no talent little s!ut.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sick of Mileyitus

    Miley, nothing you do is "art". Last I checked striping, twerking and simulating masturbation do not fall under "artistic expression". I have yet to be able to claim lap dances as a tax write off and until I can, you will be nothing but a desperate little tramp, looking for some kind of attention to make up for the lackluster parentling skills of your mommy and daddy. Girl, get some help before you self implode. You are not special and not immune to going the way of the Lohan.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      And who are you to decide what makes something art or not? It is all in the eye of the beholder. I think s-exuality definately CAN be used as artistic expressions. Think about it, when you were 20, your hormones were out of control and you thought about se-x more, right? Well don't you think Miley Cyrus would be going through the same feelings? Does she not have a right to express herself?

      September 10, 2013 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  36. Amy

    Who cares? She needs to stop with the tongue already. She needs to grow up, too.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Mike in SS least we'll soon have a porn star who can sing a little bit.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ruben

    Why is she molesting the sledge hammer?

    September 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Buckwheat

    She is starting to look like justin bieber

    September 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  40. yankeemon90

    You know what would stop this madness? Have everyone that comes into contact with her call her "Hannah" – basically reinforce the point that there is nothing she can do to erase the fact that she was Hannah Montana for all of those years. Maybe then she'll stop acting like a maniac...

    September 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ej

      Either that or she will slit her wrists. I'm hoping this trash isn't all her doing, that she's mainly become a victim of an industry bent on exploiting women, young women, young girls, even, for the sole purpose of lining the pockets of dirty old men who fiendishly watch videos like this while popping Viagra.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jen

    Welcome to the start of Miley's porn career.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Adam

    The VMA stunt was classic for the VMAs and we are all still talking about her. Has anyone talked about Gaga and her upcoming album? No. Miley has the spotlight now. Like her or not, mission accomplished here. The only thing I'm not a fan of is licking the sledgehammer. Otherwise, this is really a beautiful video and great song.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      Let me guess. You're either a Belieber, a 12 yr old girl with no taste in music or a creepy pedo with no taste in music. I'm guessing the latter.

      September 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam


      So, obviously you aren't a fan, but with your comment you took yourself to the level that you believe that this artist is at. Trash. Really, that was your profound comment? That I'm a Bieber and a Pedophile? (PS: Miley is over 21). How lame, hateful, and uneducated.

      Miley has a brilliant team of marketers who are doing a great job. They obviously fooled idiots like you.

      Since I've seen this video today, I've been watching it over and over again, because it is beautiful. The sound is contemporary and full of heartbreak. Something to relate to. That is what music is about!

      Everyone here thinks she is going to take this awful turn like Brittany and Lindsey... but I don't think she will. She has a strong father, great roots, and is taking this "scandal" all the way to the bank.

      Good for her! She isn't Hannah anymore.


      September 10, 2013 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  43. Jay

    I 2nd the YUCK.................................................... she's showing the reason why one should look at other career options. her voice is week and her and Justin could be twins YUCK

    September 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  44. jeff

    waiting eagerly for the coke overdose

    September 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Will

    Can somebody please tell her that SHE LOOKS LIKE A 12 YEAR OLD BOY AND NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THAT SHlT?


    September 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dlws8607

      She DOES NOT look like a 12-year-old boy. She looks like a female in her peak physical state. The only ones I suspect who are throwing a fit are females who have never looked so good and feminists, who probably fit in the first group anyway.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Yeah, actually she does look like a 12 year old boy. Justina Bieber's twin!!!

      September 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Joe

    Will we get to see inside her Uterus this time?

    September 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      LOL! Eventually they will have to start shoving cameras in orifaces to be "edgy"!

      September 10, 2013 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  47. james

    her career in ten years or less will be a wrecking ball

    September 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Joe


    September 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Al

    The sledgehammer represents the constant nagging women like to give their partners. The licking of the sledgehammer represents her love for nagging.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ej

      Ooooh Wow! That's deeeeep! :/ She is wasting her talent and her youth by reducing herself to a disease infested porn star.

      September 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Fred

    She's got a good voice but she looks just like Justin Bieber.

    Don't know if that says more about Miley or about Bieber.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Dr Pepper

    Yikes, Say it don't spray it!!! This will sure give her dad an achy break y heart, if it isn't already after that horrid VMA performance!

    September 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jer

    yummy yummy

    September 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Keith Rogers

    Miley Cyrus has earned herself a South Park episode....I certainly hope that Trey Parker and Matt Stone will realize this and deliver.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      South Park already predicted what would happen to Miley in the episode they made about Britney after her break-down. They sacrificed Brittney for the corn harvest and then at the end they see a young Hanna Montanna Miley and start singing the anti-christ song. They knew she would be next.

      September 10, 2013 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  54. CatFarmer

    The meaning of this song is completely lost due to the nature of the video. Innocence went out the window as soon as the song cut away from her face. Video Fail!

    September 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Arlee

    Thought the song was ok in the quiet moments and the nudity was tastefully done. The licking of the hammer was uncalled for though. She like hundreds before her are trying to shock their fanbase, but America has pretty much seen it all. From here on, I hope that Miley tries to take the classy route and features her singing ability.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  56. mantan073

    Please do not compare Sinaed O'conner with Miley Cyrus. Sinaed and Miley are both awesome but they are not the same……

    Comparing Sinaed with Miley is like trying to say Apples and Oranges are the same thing...

    September 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Tobbaco Road

    Admit it Miley. You'll matriculate in Durham Winter Semester where you'll warp Coach KKK Court. Then, you'll warp Coach KKK in the locker room. If you'd rather warp Coach Roy in Chapel Hill, you can still live in a 'Heel neighborhood in Durham. Look at a Tri map.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Reality

    Please do not compare Sinead O'Connor's and Miley Cyrus's video. Not even close! One was original and actually came from the heart, the other is a copycat and came from her producers.... Can you imagine if Picasso's paintings were copied then compared to the originals? Called a fake, and they have no value....

    September 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Overcaffeinated

      This is the truest statement on this page! Sinead thought for herself and her music came from within, which is why she has been hit-and-miss with the general public...but always true to her convictions. She was not tailor made to suit an audience by the music executives (and she would have never accepted producing music if they had tried).

      September 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. woodie

    Well she can't sing so she has to strip. Maybe she should move to Vegas.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  60. mary

    Little girl.. You did not invent the concept of being young and looking good naked.
    If you toss your talent away to instead make it about your youth.. What are you taking with you as you age?
    Noone finds your young naked body exceptional.
    And when its gone..You will know you tossed away the real thing for the fleeting thing..

    September 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ej

      the years lap up your youth and
      your cool streams are running dry
      as you begin to lose your edge

      rivers are shrinking, and
      beds are cracking,

      revealing the debris of triumphant
      juvenescence once hidden beneath
      a surface you used to call smooth

      September 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  61. bribarian

    Someone needs to egg her, it would be classic.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Lollipop

    She licked that sledge hammer like it was me.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  63. jorline

    Sorry...NOT a matter of if, but when.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  64. John

    Stop reading, watching, buying and commenting and she will go away.
    They really sad thing though is she'll be replaced.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  65. jorline

    Miley, take a hint...everyone is watching to see you hit the wall on turn three. Kind of like NASCAR.

    Just a matter of if, but when.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  66. 3511danny

    What ever happened to good music?

    September 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith Rogers

      The record labels turned mainstream music into a product that is geared towards lowest common denominator.

      September 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Mary

    I guess when you don't have talent, you get naked for attention! If she relied on her talent, she would not have the need to take off her clothes. Grow up girl!

    September 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Kansas Yahoo

    For her next video, she will include footage from her colonoscopy.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      It's been done already. She'll go for something new, like a kidney biopsy.

      September 10, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  69. iBod

    I'm very critical of Miley's new style, but this song is definitely her most powerful to date; and I love it for that exact reason. The video doesn't disappoint. I think it is far more classy than her last one; but I still feel the best scenes were the closeups. I don't think she had to lick the sledgehammer or ride the wrecking ball, especially in the nude, in order to get her point across. The raw and real emotion in those closeups is why admire the song and the video. Though, to keep my point of view balanced, I do think she, again, went down the provocative route for more attention and views; which, I feel, distorts the quality of the meaning she emphasizes in her lyrics.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |

    miley you must have low self asteam ur belittleling young woman everywhere its women like you that give men afalse sense of putting woman down

    September 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  71. brian

    She looks like Bieber fer chrisakes

    September 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Chris

    I'm not a fan... or a fan of her twerking incident at the awards, but this is kinda awesome.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  73. bribarian

    She has the body of a sickly 40 year old, it's nasty. I hoped her VMA trash was the last we'd see of her, but she aims to annoy.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Ej

    It's actually the string of spit between her teeth that bothers me. The rest is just ridiculous! She's got a lovely voice; why she wastes it on these pathetic stunts is so sad. It's like Matisse painting with mud. What a waste!

    September 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  75. jeremy

    To be honest I wrote her off after the Music Awards.. She could made a Chart Topper as good as Madonna right now and I still know she is not worth it. either she is on drugs, or she is a product of the system that surrounded her father that exploits women and should not be induced into such situations as what she did.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Michael

    Hey, I love to look at naked women. I think I'll pass on this one, though. Yeck.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Willy

    Wow, the close up of her face shows all her girlish features. Someday she will be a pretty woman. Not there yet imo.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Stepanie

    Why are you giving the kid so much exposure? Seen enough... Enough of her!

    September 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Marie Strosnider

    When you have no talent you have to show your ass to get attention

    September 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^A$$-challenged

      so sorry

      September 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      The only thing I would like to see is the top of her head as she does her duty.Just like she did on that sledgehammer.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      The only thing I would like to see is the top of her head as she does her duty.Just like she did on that sledgehammer.Miley virus is at it again.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "When you have no talent you have to show your ass to get attention" Is that how you get by? Tell us more? Did you dance to Daft Punk with your cheeks showing to get your job?

      September 10, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  80. rkh

    not really a Cyrus fan, but I will have to admit she sounds very good in this song

    September 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dutchtown

      I watched an interview with her on t.v. after music awards and she sounded like she smokes a pack of cigarettes an hour, plus she was talking at 200 mph. she had to be high. Can you say lip sync.

      September 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  81. RedBone4Eva

    Ummm... I like truly like the song... Imagery as well is complimentary at best to "the suggestion..." What I couldn't get over was the extraordinary amount of saliva a.k.a. SPIT and that rather coated tongue! YUCK!! Pull BACK from that mouth on Cameras 1,2,3,4 and ALL!! #foamingstill ?

    September 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  82. DiMaggotio

    Shoulda twerked Hannah in Montana not Idaho

    September 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  83. tracie


    September 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Pablo

    She is annoying. She is as bad as the Kardashians and she won't go away. I guess the media will keep us informed of every move she makes for the next 10 years.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Bonnie

    Really all you can focus on is that she is naked? You don't even see any thing. it is blocked by her arms and wrecking ball. Can't you see how deeply hurt she is in the words and tears>?

    September 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaytonB

      Tears? You mean the obviously fake tears?

      September 10, 2013 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Sasha

      Her nudity was blocked, yes, but it was clearly something she was wanting viewers to focus on. Otherwise she wouldn't have agreed or asked to do it. The nudity, licking the wrecking ball chain and sledgehammer was strange and made no sense. Those behaviors didn't have anything to do with the song.

      September 10, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |

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