Throw her under some mistletoe, and there’s no telling what Miley Cyrus might do.
That’s the idea behind the pop princess’ headlining slots at eight Jingle Ball shows this December, an annual holiday tradition that brings together the biggest names in top 40 radio for a star-studded night of music. What began in 1996 as a one-night concert thrown by New York’s Z100 radio station (and later by Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM) has now become a 12-city tour, kicking off Monday in Dallas and wrapping up Dec. 20 in Miami. A two-hour concert special airs Dec. 18 on CW (8 p.m. ET/PT).
“You can’t do a pop-culture show without Miley Cyrus onstage,” says Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, who heads up the event. “If you had a big year in music, we want you on the stage, and she’s one of those people that everyone wants to see.”
Poleman initially reached out to Cyrus about playing Jingle Ball over the summer, just as she got the nation talking and twerking to her hit single We Can’t Stop. Her provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August only confirmed that nabbing her was a top priority, along with her grinding partner (and Blurred Lines chart topper) Robin Thicke, who’s playing 11 Jingle Ball shows in cities such as Boston, Chicago and Atlanta.
So can we expect to see Miley and Robin perform together? While Poleman can’t confirm, he hopes that Cyrus’ usual string of controversy will follow her on Jingle Ball.
“I love everything that Miley is doing, she always goes for the headlines,” says Poleman. “That’s what makes the show magical, that people are dying to see what (artists) like Miley are going to do next.
“(Her manager Larry Rudolph) and I are just starting to talk about what will go into the performance, and I’ll just say that she won’t disappoint.”
What do Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence and Miley Cyrus all have in common?
Well, probably not a whole lot, but they have all been named the Entertainers of the Year by Entertainment Weekly!
The three ladies are joined by Tom Hanks, the creators of Breaking Bad, Matthew McConaughey, the cast of Scandal, Grumpy Cat and many more.
Miley Cyrus had quite a year. As she told Entertainment Weekly, she planned on 2013 being the best year of her life, and she certainly lived up to that lofty goal. Cyrus is one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year, and when asked who she would pass that honor on to, she agreed with one of EW’s picks.
“I really think Pharrell [Williams] is the entertainer of the year,” Cyrus told EW. “Not only for what he did on my record but for what he did in the music industry in general with ‘Blurred Lines’ and Daft Punk.” Indeed, Williams contributed “#GETITRIGHT” to Cyrus’ album Bangerz and provided lots of guidance for her sonic reinvention.
In Williams, Cyrus found a kindred spirit. ”He and I were kind of on the same path, and I think that’s why he and I connected,” she said. “He really feels like a brother—it’s more than just us working together. No one had heard from me or him in a minute, and we were just kind of brewing up what we wanted to do next and what we wanted to drop on people. He and I were on kind of a journey together, and I couldn’t be more happy for him and what he accomplished this year in everything—in fashion, in art, everything he does. There’s not a better person I would wish that on. He’s the best person I’ve ever gotten to watch and learn from. I’ve grown up in this industry, and I’ve watched a lot of people, and I think that’s where I learned most of what I know. He’s one of the greatest mentors I’ve ever had, and who he is as a person is equally as amazing as who he is as an entertainer.”
It’s a mutual admiration society between Williams and Cyrus. Back in January, Williams talked up Bangerz to EW long before the release of the single “We Can’t Stop.” ”Miley Cyrus is gonna be amazing,” he told EW. “I’ll tell you what right now: She is a force, and no one knows it, and I’m so happy for her. This is a girl who has been fighting for a very long time and loyal to the brand that gave her her start. But she had to break out of not only that realm but also the glass image that she felt everybody was keeping her encased in. She’s going from beautiful caterpillar to giant butterfly with vigor. She’s really that. Her vocal ability is far beyond what anyone thinks. She is very knowledgeable—she can quote the last Wacka Flocka song, and she can tell you when Dolly Parton released ‘Jolene.’ She is nothing short of a phenomenon. To see her go is amazing to watch. She’s not afraid of anything.” Cyrus certainly proved him right.
As always, TIME’s editors will choose the Person of the Year, but that doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t have their say. Cast your vote for the person you think most influenced the news this year for better or worse – in both a straight yes/no poll and a candidate face-off. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 4, and the combined winner of our reader polls will be announced on Dec. 6. TIME’s Person of the Year will be announced Dec. 11.
Face-Off: Miley Cyrus vs. Jimmy Fallon
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Miley Cyrus has shed some light on how she manages to be so carefree about the negative reaction to her recent outrageous antics that have included twerking and lighting up on stage.
In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, the 21-year-old said it all has to do with learning to let go.
‘I’ve always had a lot of anxiety,’ she revealed in the Entertainers Of The Year issue.
‘I’ve dropped that completely and really started living in the moment and not thinking about anything too much – really practicing what I preach when I say not to worry what other people think and be who you are to the fullest.’
The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus also confessed she’s very happy with her life now.
‘I’m proud of the person I’ve become,’ said the star who showed off a lot of skin in both a white suit and, later, a two piece with kitten heads on it at Sunday’s AMAs.
‘Not what people think I’ve turned myself into, but who I’ve actually become, which is a happier person,’ she added. ‘It would obviously be hard to not be happy to be me right now.’
After saying she’s ‘beyond blessed’ and her recent success with the album Bangerz is ‘the best feeling in the world,’ she stated she feels like she’s a great role model.
‘I’m proud of knowing that’s what I encourage other girls to do,’ she relayed.
‘I said 2013 was going to be the best year of my life, and I think what you put out into the universe you get back. I proved that to myself this year.’
The former Hannah Montana star does cop to being a bit wild lately.
‘I’ve had so many crazy moments,’ she said, then added that her most memorable moment in 2013 was seeing her album do well.
‘I was really waiting for was my album release,’ she explained. ‘It had been two years of waiting and working on it and keeping it top secret. I had to make a lot of tough decisions.’
The ex-fiance of Liam Hemsworth then revealed, ‘It wasn’t everybody telling me, “Yes, yes, yes,”‘ she said. ‘I took this time and tried to create my own sound.’
A few days ago (November 24th), Miley attended and performed at the 2013 American Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. She wore Markus Lupfer during her performance and Versus Versace suit, Saint Laurent shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels on the red carpet. Make sure you check out all the photos in the gallery and the video of the performance above!
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