This marked the first time Cyrus has performed “Slide Away” on live television, having only recently released the ballad on Aug. 16. Introduced by a super-excited Lizzo, Cyrus’ performance was shown in black and white, amping up the song’s already emotional vibes.
Cyrus’ performance almost qualifies as a surprise, considering she said there was “no f–ing way” she’d be singing on stage earlier this summer. Following an apparent change of heart — not to mention a headline-grabbing rant about the dissolution of her marriage — here she is.
Going into Monday’s ceremony, Cyrus was nominated for two Video Music Awards for “Mother’s Daughter”: Best Power Anthem and Song of the Summer. She previously won a VMA in 2014 (Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball”) and has been nominated for eight other Moon Men throughout her career, including Best New Artist in 2008.
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