If any performer is adept at shaking it off, it’s Miley Cyrus.
The powerhouse singer experienced a wardrobe malfunction during her “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party,” which aired live from Miami on Dec. 31, but handled the snafu like a consummate pro.
As she started to sing her anthem, “Party in the U.S.A.,” Cyrus sashayed toward the front of the stage, already aware that something wasn’t right as she clutched a piece of of her teeny, shimmery top with her left hand.
“All right,” she semi-laughed mid-lyric, quickly spinning around and continuing to swing her hips as she strode toward the back of the stage with one hand clasping the material (the song starts at the 43:30 mark; the special is streaming on Peacock). Still singing, Cyrus – with the aid of her backup singers – barely missed a lyric before returning wearing an oversized red jacket with nothing underneath.
“This is still the most amount of clothes I’ve worn onstage,” she later joked, while co-host Pete Davidson lifted his shirt to bare his chest in a show of solidarity.
The seemingly unlikely duo – who are actually longtime friends – was joined by a musical lineup including 24 Goldn, Saweetie, Jack Harlow, Cyrus’ younger sister Noah and Brandi Carlile, who offered a gutsy rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s epic “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and duetted with Cyrus on a power-lunged tradeoff during “The Climb.”
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was a last-minute cancellation due to COVID-19 exposure.
Produced by “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, the show, with its pairing of Cyrus and Davidson, nudged Carson Daly out of hosting the NBC New Year’s Eve special for the first time since 2004.
NBC did not return a request for comment about Cyrus’ wardrobe blip.
The singer remained upbeat throughout the rest of the night, giving a speech that referenced flexibility and “rolling with the punches.”
After her show-closing, “Only With You,” Cyrus told the crowd, “We’ve all learned how to expect the unexpected, and rather than see it as a problem, let’s see it as an opportunity.”
Cyrus, 29,recently landed on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for the second time in her career.
Her most recent album, “Plastic Hearts,” a love letter to music from the ’80s, received numerous critical plaudits despite being shut out of the 2022 Grammy Awards nominations.