If you grew up in the 90s or early 2000s, you probably remember MTV Disconnected specials. The sleek concerts featured the greatest artists of the era playing acoustic versions of their hits. The show may have ended in 2009, but its legacy lives on in the classic sets of Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton and many more. The fans have long wanted Disconnected reboot, and in a rare bright spot of 2020, MTV provided one. Tonight MTV Unplugged Presents Miley Cyrus’ Backyard Sessions offers a modern update of the concept.
Hosted at Cyrus ‘home in Los Angeles, the event takes inspiration from the “Unplugged at Home” web shows that have been rolling out since spring and Cyrus’ popular Backyard Sessions series, but takes things up a notch. Cyrus could have taken a guitar and played on a webcam, but, showman that she is, she turned her garden into a stage instead. Joined by his aptly named support group, The Social Distancers, Cyrus performed a set featuring inspired covers (his rock remix of Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” turns the song over the head), a duet with his little sister, Noah , and songs from his next studio album, She is Miley Cyrus.
If the setlist wasn’t surprising enough, Cyrus and stylist Bradley Kenneth collaborated on a series of dramatic outfits to go along with each segment of the show. The glam-rock vibe the star embraced when promoting her seventh studio release continued during her backyard concert. The clothes may have come from the runways, but the jumpsuits Cyrus and Kenneth made were a sign of late 70s and early 80s style. A Margiela MM6 fall / winter 2020 zebra print top was worn pantless during of his interpretation of “These Days” by Nico. Paired with white sunglasses and long animal print gloves, the piece looked like it had been taken out of Debbie Harry’s closet. Versace python with a plunging neckline felt just right during a cover of “Sweet Jane” from The Velvet Underground. Donatella might not be the first designer that comes to mind when you think of Lou Reed, but the bodycon dress and her keyhole that reveals the belly was absolutely sexy.
When Cyrus’ sister, Noah, joined Miley on stage to perform Noah’s witty single, “I Got So High That I Saw Jesus,” the pair wore all black, with the sheer pussy-knot blouse and pantyhose in latex complimenting Noah Haut’s bold lace-up leather. By comparison, the long-sleeved, chartreuse Gucci dress Cyrus wore for the show’s grand finale was tame, but it continued the glam rock theme. With its neon sheen and shiny black collar, the piece from Alessandro Michele’s Spring / Summer 2020 collection was daring in its own way. A remarkable finish for a fashion-filled ensemble.