Watch Miley Cyrus Horse Around With Madonna on 'MTV Unplugged'

'Bangerz' singer's country-exaggerating jamboree mixes earnestness and kitsch

Miley Cyrus, Madonna, 'MTV Unplugged'
Miley Cyrus thinks, "Man, Robin Thicke has really let himself go" Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

Miley Cyrus' MTV Unplugged session was characteristically Miley. The show, an early-'90s standby, has come around less and less often lately — do you remember Thirty Seconds to Mars' legendary MTV.com Unplugged special three years ago? No? — but Cyrus is better without studio productions than her detractors might expect, as she has shown in acoustic videos over the years of songs like her godmother Dolly Parton's classic "Jolene." Cyrus performed that one last night, and she belted out an emotional version of her Bangerz standout love ballad "Adore You," explaining it was one of the first tracks she did for the album.

But the "Wrecking Ball" rider was just as likely to dress up as a country throwback, twerk with a little person and someone in a horse costume, and sing hokey hoedown versions of her songs. Capping the night, Macklemore pal Madonna joined Cyrus for a goofy medley of Music's underrated, aptly acoustic guitar-based can't-stop-won't-stop anthem "Don't Tell Me" and, of course, Miley megahit "We Can't Stop." The sonic wizardry of Mike WiLL Made It is missed, and all the cartoonishness offsets the music, but Cyrus has found a formula for reaching a wider audience than less manipulative-feeling performances might get on their own. And, as Aimee Mann might say, it's not going to stop.

Watch the whole thing below.

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