June 9, 2021 | 10:30am ET
On Tuesday evening (June eighth), the church pews of the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee have been rumbling with all of the vitality of a revival: service was in session, hosted by one of many metropolis’s most well-known exports, Miley Cyrus.
A real homecoming, Cyrus spent the night taping a Satisfaction-themed particular each grandiose and intimate in scale due to the venue’s capability, which was simply shy of two,500 company. The no-phone/digicam present was ticketed by way of lottery solely to vaccinated residents of Music Metropolis — and Nashville got here prepared to bop.
Cyrus’ connection to the LGBTQ+ group is longstanding and well-documented. Her Completely satisfied Hippie basis, a non-profit based in 2014, is particularly devoted to eliminating youth homelessness within the LGBTQ+ group and fostering optimistic areas of inclusion and pleasure. The present was additionally MC’d by Kiley Sonique Love, queen and fan-favorite from Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Whereas pleasure was actually a theme of the night, and Cyrus appeared deliriously blissful to be onstage in entrance of such a dynamic crowd, the artist additionally made a number of references to dangerous laws, calling out her residence state of Tennessee and lawmakers all through the nation. Talking up for this group has all the time been in her blood, it appears — possibly that comes with the territory of getting Dolly Parton as a godmother.
In the meantime, other than trotting out fan favorites like “We Can’t Cease” and “The Climb,” Cyrus additionally carried out some well-chosen, Satisfaction-themed covers and invited a few of Nashville’s most interesting to her stage to assist out.
A shock look from Orville Peck for an intimate rendition of The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” introduced the home down, whereas a very particular second with Brothers Osborne put T.J. Osborne middle stage — in a rainbow shirt stamped with the phrase “FANCY,” no much less. After recently coming out (making him the one brazenly homosexual artist signed to a serious nation label), the importance of T.J.’s presence on the historic nation music stage was not misplaced on this glittering crowd.
There’s little doubt that this night hosted probably the most rainbows The Ryman has ever seen, between the enthusiastic crowd and the feathered rainbow set behind Cyrus and her band onstage. Plus, Cyrus has by no means sounded higher, and The Ryman’s famed acoustics made certain her signature rasp rang loud and clear.
The well-chosen set checklist, which additionally included an electrical Madonna medley, highlighted the magic that skyrocketed Cyrus to superstardom within the first place. Between a number of shimmering costume adjustments, frequent reminders that Tennessee’s true values are inclusivity and hospitality, and the husky stay vocals followers know and love, “Stand By You” was the amalgam of authenticity, gravity, and levity that solely Cyrus might pull off.
All in all, the hometown present was the true definition of a Nashville celebration.
Catch Miley Cyrus: Stand By You streaming on Peacock starting June 25.
Consider (Cher cowl)
True Colours (Cyndi Lauper cowl) (with Little Massive City)
My Coronary heart Beats For Love
We Belong (Pat Benatar cowl) (with Brothers Osborne)
Music / Specific Your self / Like a Prayer (Madonna cowl)
Cowboy Take Me Away (The Chicks cowl) (with Orville Peck)
Dancing Queen (ABBA cowl) (with Maren Morris)
I’ll Stand By You (The Pretenders cowl)
Coronary heart of Glass (Blondie cowl) (with Mickey Guyton)
We Can’t Cease
Social gathering in the usA.
Freedom (George Michael cowl)
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 7, 2021