5 Favorite Moments From NBC’s Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Special
Tonight, NBC aired a special two-hour concert special featuring Miley Cyrus and a behind-the-scenes look at her Bangerz Tour. The concert and documentary is Cyrus' first network TV special.
Cyrus' raunchy tour was the subject of much attention, as the 21-year-old singer made headlines for shedding her former Hannah Montana image. Whether it was performing in lingerie, spitting on fans or using little people as backup dancers, there was seemingly a new headline at each stop. Even Cyrus' hospitalization in April, which forced her to postpone a number of U.S. dates to August, brought up questions about her physical and mental well-being.
Luckily for fans, Cyrus resumed her tour in Europe and her tongue-sticking, twerking ways were back and the show continued.
NBC's documentary captured Cyrus as she performed in front of screaming Smilers in Barcelona, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. In between song performances, we saw glimpses of Cyrus backstage and in her hotel room where she talked about various aspects of her life and personality.
Below, we pick our five favorite moments from the Bangerz Tour special.
In a rare video moment, we see Miley as she hangs out with her two siblings, Braison Cyrus and younger sister Noah Cyrus. While Noah has already started acting, we saw a little peek of Noah potentially becoming the next Cyrus singing sensation.
With Braison on his guitar, Miley reading the lyrics off her iPhone and Noah playfully hiding in the bathtub while wearing a cute cat outfit, we see them all join in on the song 'Sugar Hill.' 'Sugar Hill' was originally sung by country legend Dolly Parton, who Miley has cited as an influence and unofficial godmother. Noah pops in and out of the tub for the chorus for the camera, letting us know that she is ready for the spotlight someday, too.
Before Cyrus was hospitalized in April, she received word while on the road that her dog Floyd had died back home on April 1.
She fought back tears as she talked about her late pooch with the camera in her hotel room. "I still talk about him like he's here so I haven't really accepted it fully. I think if I do that, then he might actually like, go, at some point which I don't really want. I just have to make myself not sick over it because that's what I did at first. I made myself really sick about it just because I loved him so much. I really shut down more than I ever let myself."
For 'Can't Be Tamed,' a giant inflatable dog made in the likeness of Floyd was brought out on stage. "Everyone every night goes so crazy when they see that inflatable [balloon]. Even some nights, I'll really hold onto his paw and I'm like, 'This is so silly' because it's just an inflatable. But it is Floyd to me. I would just want him to know that I'm doing that."
The cameras went backstage and we got a look at the people supporting Miley's Bangerz Tour. She was criticized for using little people in her show but one would see that she employs people of all backgrounds and ethnicities.
"I like the fact that everyone is different here," one dancer says. "It's creating a change. I feel like it's deeper than just putting dancers on stage. It's opening doors for other people. You don't have to look a certain way or be a certain way to be accepted."
"She's devoted to her fans," remarks another dancer. "It's hard to get that in an artist, where an artist actually cares about their work and art form. You can see it in her spirit that this girl was born to do this. She wasn't bred to do this, she was born to be an artist. I'm in awe of her every time she gets on stage."
Miley's Bangerz show had no shortage of props. Everything from a giant hot dog to a mini gold car with spinning rims, her show is worthy of a big arena spectacle.
And even though guests artists on her tracks such as Britney Spears and Big Sean weren't present at her show, she still paid tribute to them by having her dancers represent them either using a cardboard cutout (Spears), or a giant inflatable head (Big Sean).
During one of portion of the interview, Miley shares a 'Mean Girls' type story which sheds some background on how she chooses her clothing and costumes.
"My closet is alphabetized. When I was in the sixth grade, I was in this little group, it was like real-life 'Mean Girls.' You would get kicked out if you wore the same thing twice...[and] if you didn't wear pink when you had to do the yearbook picture. I only had one pink shirt and I had accidentally worn it the day before thinking it was picture day, and then had to wear it again, and then got bumped. I had to choose: Either I wasn't going to wear pink for the picture, or wear the same thing twice, so I had to go with the same thing twice. Hopefully they would understand but then they kicked me out."
"I used to write down a number on all the tags and all of the hangers on my clothes so it would stay organized but then I would put on my calendar the number of the clothes each day so I would make sure and go back to see if I ever wore that number before."
That's dedication for you!