Madonna and Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged

Posted on January 30, 2014

This is sort of cute, in an intergenerational attention whore kind of way:


Madonna and Miley Cyrus perform onstage during “Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged” in Hollywood, California.

Ashish Spring 2014 Collection


Sure, it’s kind of weird to think of Miley doing an Unplugged show, and we’re not entirely sure why they’re dressed for a roadside honky-tonk, but they seem to be having fun. And as stagewear (and ONLY as stagewear) the clothes work well. Although Miley does kind of look like she just walked away from a very sparkly industrial accident.

Put your tongue back in your mouth, Madge. It’s bad enough when the kids do it.



[Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images,]

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  • YoungSally

    To quote Oklahoma “Oh –The Farmer and the Cowboy should be friends.”

    • Tlazolteotl

      The cowman ropes a cow with ease, the farmer steals her butter and cheese, but that’s no reason why they can’t be friends.

      • YoungSally

        It’s like Mad Libs for musical theater geeks.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I assume these pictures are from their rendition of “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No.”

      • YoungSally

        And the mike has hit the floor!!!

  • Karen Belgrad

    Hat hair is not Miley’s friend.

  • MilaXX

    Madonna looks DESPERATE & thirsty. Miley looks silly but I can give her a pass since she’s wearing it as stage wear.

    • ailujailuj

      thirsty… love it.

      • MilaXX

        It’s sad because she has a lengthy portfolio she could be proud of. I’d rather see her transition into something else rather than watch these sad, pathetic attempts at staying young and relevant.

        • ailujailuj

          So true – and surprising. In the past I’ve remembered her rather irreverent to whatever trendy pop shit that bounces along. She does have an amazing portfolio (in another post I mention she can’t sing – she never could – instead, she has CREATED a whole genre of music and her unique identity). It’s fascinating. Lady Gaga has tried very hard to follow, and while she’s a Juliard grad she has never been able to reach Madonna’s level of genius (yet).

          • MilaXX


          • Evan

            Yes, I think Lady Gaga has more raw talent, but Madonna was more artistic and had better songs. And Madonna can sing. She’s not a great singer, but she’s decent.

          • ailujailuj

            I love her still. I identified more with her dancing, her presence on stage/in videos (I’m dating myself)… I saw headlines of an article – something about a recording of Lordes’s ditty sans auto tune or something… had a little chuckle.

          • AnnaleighBelle

            I thought Gaga went to NYU (didn’t graduate). I don’t think she went to Julliard.

          • ailujailuj

            Interesting… I had read that somewhere a long time ago. When I saw your post I looked it up – apparently, she had been accepted to Juilliard at age 11 but didn’t go and went to NYU Tisch later on, which is impossible to get into. Beyond impressive. Anyway – I stand corrected!! Thx

    • MK03

      You know what’s really sad? Madge looks better heres than she did in that Quaker Oats getup at the Grammys.

      • MilaXX


        • Rhonda Shore

          Why is that sad? I thought they were cute together, they both looked happy. I do have to say that, even though it’s obviously a fake gun, with all the school and mall shootings, gun imagery is something we just don’t need…

          • Nelliebelle1197

            Because this is stagewear and that was supposed to be FASHION

          • MilaXX

            I think it’s sad because I she appears to be chasing her youth. The fillers or whatever she’s doing to her face, wearing a grill, the gloves to cover her wrinkled hands, wearing fashions that were relevant in her heyday and latching onto whatever young person of the moment all feel like desperate attempts to prove she’s still got it. I’d rather see her reinvent herself into something else. What I see now just smacks of try hard and it’s embarrassing.

          • KayEmWhy

            Sorry, respectfully disagree. Nobody is telling the Rolling Stones to sit down and they’re doing the same stuff onstage they’ve been doing for years. I think it’s great that a woman is still out there doing it. Not sad at all. How many of us could get on stage at all at any age? Not pointing you out specifically, but sort of. Peace.

          • MilaXX

            I’m not saying she shouldn’t stop making music or even that she shouldn’t be rocking out. I’m saying the grill, whatever she’s doing to her face and the stupid gloves that appear to mask her wrinkled hands make her look desperate. That stuff needs to stop.

    • alyce1213

      Like a vampire seeking fresh blood.

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      I think Madonna is trying to stay relevant and the more she tries, with the grill and the botox and etc… the more she looks old! Singing next to Brittney was one thing, singing next to Miley is another. Keep that old tongue in your deeply botoxed face.

      • MilaXX

        It reminds me of what Stacy & Clinton used to tell the MO’s who were dressing too young, “Never compete with 20 year olds because the 20 year olds always win.” My wish for Madonna is to reinvent herself in a way that acknowledges the passage of time. Leave the grills and other foolishness to the Miley’s of this generation.

  • CeeRich

    Not familiar with the “Ashish” design house and now that I have seen that outfit….I wish it to be demolished with a wrecking ball.

    • charlotte

      “Ashish” sounds an awful lot like “hashish”, which I assume they were smoking while designing this outfit.

    • CakesOnAPlane

      …and yet she has a pin with the Chanel “C” icon pinned to it…one could interpret that as an insult to both “Ashish” and Chanel!

    • FrigidDiva

      When I first saw “Ashish” my brain saw “Amish” for some reason, although this would be rebel Amish wear I suppose.

    • kimmeister

      Perhaps it’s to describe viewers’ reactions to the clothes: “Uhhhh . . . SHEESH!”

  • Annarosa

    I want the pants Madge is wearing.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    I twitched when I saw these photos, and reached for more coffee. It didn’t help.

    At least they look like they are having fun?

    • jen_vasm

      Whenever Madonna does these performances with the younger girlstars, I get a creepy vibe, like she’s siphoning off some of their youthful vitality or something. Well, at least she’s just sticking her tongue out this time, not kissing Miley like she did Brittany.

  • charlotte

    Oh no. Not sure I was ready for this.

  • Tanya Wade

    It’s nice to see Madge has her makeup gun in a cute little holster. Sadly, she’s lately been setting it to “Miss Kitty Facedown in the Vanity.” At least she looks better than she did at the Grammys. Miley is Miley – the blonde suits her well.

    • MilaXX

      I suspect the having the extra week for her face to settle after whatever she had done to it helped.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Miley Cyrus is wearing a rodeo clown’s costume after one-two many close calls with a bucking bronco!

  • Isabel

    Madonna’s face – more taunt than Miley’s. Not a good thing.

    • thenathanbot

      blah. She’s a grown women and can do whatever she wants with her face. Let’s talk about the clothes instead?

      • Magatha

        I get what you’re saying, and I get that we should be judicious in our comments about anyone’s actual physical body, and OF COURSE she can do whatever she wants, no one is saying she ought to be prevented from it. But many many times, a celebrity’s face, make-up, hair, choice of presentation or physical stance IS part of his or her fashion expression, every bit as much as the actual clothing. I have no patience for people being mean or cruel, and I say things on this site that I’d never in a million years say about some random person walking on the street and caught on film, meanly, for our snark. The choices Madonna has made regarding her face are as much of a choice as any particular outfit she wears. I think that dental grille thing she wears sometimes is unattractive. But she can take it off. Is that okay to criticize?

        I don’t hate Madonna. I think she should do what she wants, go where she wants, look how she wants. But if I say that, in my opinion, I think she looks older and less attractive because of her choices than either Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep look, is that out of bounds? Honest to whatever, thenathanbot, I am not trying to jump on you or make you mad, and I know there’s no hard rule any of us can adhere to in expressing our opinions on this site – we really have to listen to our consciences and take things on a case by case basis – but I think the customs of critical assessments here on this site are maybe a little different from our everyday person-on-the-street opinionating.

        Oof. Don’t tell me, I already know: tl,dr. Also? Madonna is still prettier than me, so there’s that.

        • thenathanbot

          I get what you’re saying, too, though I respectfully disagree. I’m of the mind that the things I say on the internet are the types of things that I would have no problem saying to a person on the street. (I’ll save you my arguments about how internet anonymity is turning people into empathy-less sarcasm monsters, etc. etc). The “internet comments somehow shouldn’t be held to the standards of in-person communication” line of reasoning weirds me out. That exact logic is used by skeezy lawyers to argue things like, “this online bullying and/or sexual harassment isn’t really a big deal because: THE INTERNET!” I know people think otherwise about internet commentary (this isn’t my first day online, and ohgod, I never, ever look at the black hole of despair youtube comments). That’s just how I roll. Your opinion is yours of course, I’m not mad at all.

          I’ve always had fun reading the fairly lighthearted snark about clothing on this site and in the comments. I just think the conversation is immediately dumbed down (and you start tiptoeing into body-shaming territory, frankly) when you start talking about people’s faces and that kind of thing. I remember when TLo had to make an announcement telling people to stop commenting on Rose McGowan’s face. Ouch. Low moment.

          Anyway. I know, I know. No one came here for a lesson in ethics from a gay guy bored at work who needs some more coffee.

          • Magatha

            thenathanbot, I would happily listen to your lessons in ethics. You said this well, and I’m almost completely on board with you here, although honestly, there are plenty of things that I think you and I would actually agree are not out of bounds that I still wouldn’t say to anyone’s face. I mean, in person, what I say to anyone about their appearance is whatever it is I like. (The only exception is if they’ve got lipstick on their teeth, or their shirt is mis-buttoned, or they’re unzipped – you know, stuff they didn’t intend AND stuff they can actually fix immediately.)

            On this site, I can say how I think most vivid shades of yellow are hard for nearly anyone to wear. But I’d never say to anyone, in person (or frankly even behind their back), that “That color is so god-awful unflattering; you can do better”. Even if they’d hauled me out shopping and were trying things on, I’d say, “Eh, you know what? I think this pale lemon would be so much better than that banana color. Here, try it on!” And if they chose the banana color, consider my mouth shut.

            So we’re gonna have to disagree, but honestly, I think our disagreement is minor compared to all the things we would clearly agree on. And please, let me buy you a latte with an extra shot.

          • thenathanbot

            Here, here! I agree :). Let’s treat each other to coffees and talk about pretty clothing.

          • SRQkitten

            This is why I love this blog. Seriously. With all the freakin’ trolls on the internet pushing incivility, the bitter kittens are, in fact, models of polite discourse. I’ll sponsor the next round of caffienation.

  • thenathanbot

    Cute! And they look like they’re having fun. Good for them. Also, I’m not at all surprised by a Miley Unplugged performance. For all the talk about how she acts, seems like people forget that girlfriend can SING. Youtube her backyard sessions for her slaying Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

    • CT14

      She sings through her NOSE!

      Ugh, I actually tolerate her as performance art better than having to listen to her talk or sing.

      • thenathanbot

        None taken 🙂

      • martha

        I agree. I listened to her singing “Jolene”. She’s a competent singer but nothing special!

      • Ginger

        Yup…agreed. She’s talented compared to many of today’s “artists”, but nothing compared to the likes of Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline, etc. I am SUCH a music snob. Bear with me, folks. 🙂

        • ailujailuj

          what a great list. I have hijacked a friend’s HBOGo account (it’s rather encouraged, I guess) and on a whim decided to watch “Sweet Dreams” again. Ms. Patsy was played by the siren Jessica Lange, who is just fantastic in the movie. Although some have suggested it wasn’t quite an accurate portrayal. But oh – her voice and musicality.

          • Ginger

            I do love that movie.

        • Rhonda Shore

          And Emmylou Harris (speaking of aging with dignity)…

          • Ginger

            I KNEW I was forgetting somebody worthy! Emmylou is one of my all-time favorites.

          • Rhonda Shore

            I was just listening to Gram Parsons this morning on the way to work and she duetted with him on those two classic solo albums of his…

          • alyce1213

            May I add Bonnie Raitt to that list?

          • SRQkitten

            Please! But preferably the Bonnie Raitt who used to kick ass not sing melancholy MOR. I’d much rather hear “love me like a man” than “I can’t make you love me”

    • mixedupfiles

      She sings “Jolene” competently, but she’s not able to put the vulnerability into it that made it the song it is.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Right? Everyone was making such a huge fuss over that YouTube video and I thought…well, it’s not bad, but she’s got nothing on her God Mother.

      • lunchcoma

        She’s got the voice for the song, but I think she’s a little too young and (this is a weird thing to say about Miley) a little too innocent for it. Dolly was about 6 or 7 years older than Miley when she wrote it. I’d like to see what Miley does with it when she’s a little closer to 30 than 20 and she’s had more than just her relationship with Liam Hemsworth under her belt.

        • ailujailuj

          Dolly sang from experience. She lived a pretty hard life by today’s standards and the only thing she had was music. Miley – is still a character in a Nickelodeon program.

          • thenathanbot

            Slightly off topic, but everyone should run and watch the Drunk History about Dolly Parton. I think it’s on Hulu? The clip shares Dolly’s story in a really fun way.

          • ailujailuj

            she’s hilarious. I’ll run. 😉

          • thenathanbot

            Glad you liked it! I was laughing so hard at the end, when the drunk person was crying about how good a person Dolly is.

      • ailujailuj

        riiieeeeggght? ain’t no one gonna do it like Ms. Dolly, the Dame of trashy chic country brilliance.

    • Kimbolina

      Thing is, I feel like that video is basically the only video anyone ever uses to make the point that Miley Cyrus can sing. She does a fine job with “Jolene” but other than that, mehhh.

      • demidaemon

        I actually think her song “Wrecking Ball” shows off her singing talent; it’s just been overlapped by the overdone attention grabbing video and the rest of her antics for anyone to truly appreciate.

  • mjude

    to be honest I recorded this last night, this is from the mash up of both their songs. which of course I cant remember.

  • empath

    Miley has an unhealthy, white-coated tongue.She should use a tongue scraper and see a doctor. Madonna’s tongue is pink and healthy looking. Madonna has good tongue grooming.
    One shouldn’t be able to know this much about a performer’s health status by looking at a photo.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Totally had the same thought. If you’re going to be known for sticking out your tongue, at least take the time to groom it!

      • conniemd

        Me too, looks like thrush on her tongue – not good.

    • Laura Renee

      Too much makeup-licking, I fear. Can’t be good for your constitution.

    • oekmama

      It’s the healthy living and the yoga. She looks fit. Miley (like her ‘Wrecking Ball’, don’t much care for the rest) looks soft. Like half-baked, uncooked kind of soft.
      Plus I think Madge knows not to stick her whole tongue out. So she looks cuter in the pics.

    • fursa_saida


  • Anna

    Madonna looks like she’s about to injure herself.

    I don’t know this Ashish label but why are they running Kris Kross’s old clothes through a hay baler and then dumping glitter all over it?

    • demidaemon

      Because it’s cheap and easy. Also: ART AND FASHION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stubbornthoughts

    This is so weird.

  • RussellH88

    Miley looks like The Bad Girl on a Very Special Episode of Full House.

    • demidaemon

      Sounds about right.

    • Jacob Bowen

      BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA DYING. She would have eventually made it into Uncle Jesse’s bed.

      • formerlyAnon

        Ha. She’d have hit him like a semi truck. Left him wondering what the hell that was all about.

  • clatie


  • ovarB

    I’m telling you, Madonna is the Supreme and carefully checking out the younger witches who are positioning to take her spot. 😛

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love Madonna’s outfit.
    For God’s sake, Miley, brush and clean your thonge properly, especially if you’re going to show it as you always do.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      I had to laugh at the spelling “mistake”. I know you meant “tongue” . but the word you used makes it even funnier.. especially considering the subject.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Oh! I didn’t notice it, but I won’t change it, it is funny.

        • Rhonda Shore

          i was about to scroll up to check out the thong…I thought i missed it!!! ha ha

  • marlie

    No. Just a whole lot of “NO.” I hate Miley’s hip hop cowboy getup, and Madonna looks utterly ridiculous (especially in that first picture), and even more like a try-hard.

    • Sobaika

      This pairing and these outfits look like the wet dream fanfic result of a klan meeting.

  • LipstickForPigs

    Miley needs a tongue scraper. Other than that, both Mo and Mo are holding it down.

    • ailujailuj


  • ojosazules

    This is wonderful. Love the Mexican gunslinger, and Miley’s outfit could not be more perfect.

  • jw_ny

    It’s weird to say this but all the negativity surrounding Miley has been making me start to like her, and I’ll always like Madge. I’m curious to see the pair perform…will have to search around later. Their stage wear is totally tacky…love it! The tongue thing bugs tho…that needs to stop.

  • Diego!

    I think Madonna won this round. Miley seems to be struggling to get something to eat. Which is very sad.

    • MilaXX

      I didn’t watch, but from what the internet is saying Miley out sang Madge.

      • Diego!

        Well… none of them can really sing “live”, so we’ll see next week 😛

    • formerlyAnon

      Heh heh heh.

    • Laura Renee

      Eh, I don’t think she looks unhealthy — honestly, I see more evidence that she hasn’t been slacking off on her workout regimen, which is a good thing seeing how often she likes to show off her belly and arms.

      • Diego!

        I didn’t say unhealthy, but ‘poor clothed’

        • Laura Renee

          Oh, that’s not what “struggling to get something to eat” means to me.

  • @Biting Panda

    Hee Haw is so Ratchet, y’all. YOLO.

    • formerlyAnon

      EXACTLY. I hit Hee Haw, but couldn’t figure out how to describe the flavor. “Ratchet Hee Haw” is PERFECT.

      • @Biting Panda

        There’s a gingham number that I caught a flash of too. As we know, subtly and nuance are not in this girl’s playbook.

      • Madam Von Sassypants

        With a touch of “Old Roadside Gas Station, Where You Have to Go Inside to Pay and They Don’t Accept Credit Cards, its Lone Vending Machine is Decades Old and There’s an Old Dude Whittling on a Bench Outside.”

  • formerlyAnon

    I continue to like short-haired Miley. Madonna showed the wisdom of her years by covering up from tip to toe whilst singing standing next to an infant.

    It’s a weird kind of genius coup for both of them.

    I don’t hate Miley’s outfit as stagewear, for her, but it still is a little much. It’s the excessive self-conscously ripped-ness that bugs. Without the sparkles it wouldn’t have been fit for the scarecrow on Hee Haw. And when your stagewear makes me think of Hee Haw . . .

  • hellkell

    Madonna’s a vampire. First Britney, now Miley. She’s fucking Madonna, these bids to stay relevant just reek of desperation.

    • venusvelvet

      Was just picturing her latching onto another blonde starlet 5-10 years from now. Her longevity was based on trend-spotting more than invention. Now all she’s got are her tired shock tactics. Figures she’s paired up with Miley.

    • kimmeister

      I just hope they didn’t make out for the “shock factor.”

  • Stella Zawistowski


  • Kent Roby

    I had to check out the Ashish collection; if sparkly over-distressed pants aren’t your thing (of which there are plenty of options), you could buy the completely-sheer top (yawn), a shirt with the Coca-Cola logo, or the worst animal-print Franken-jumpsuit imaginable.

    • Animal-print Franken-jumpsuit?! Just what I needed!

      ETA – yowzers, that really is bad. Two-Face’s animal-print Franken-jumpsuit.

    • amanda siegelson

      those are most definitely some of the ugliest clothes i’ve ever seen. that franken-jumpsuit mashup is stunning in it’s gross-ness.

      • Kent Roby

        It’s the Ass-ish collection!

    • demidaemon

      I think I can live with just your summary.

  • DesertDweller79

    Kind of like Madge’s look. That’d be fun to wear as stage wear out here in the desert. The pants would actually be awesome. Don’t like Miley’s look. Wish she didn’t have her boobs hanging out. Sad when Madonna looks classier than you.

  • At least Madge has moved to singing with young people in a bid to stay relevant, instead of making out with them on MTV. And she definitely wins the fashion stakes this time around, although if she was walking with a cane 3 days ago I don’t know what she is doing dancing like that.

    • warontara

      They didn’t make out, they just grinded all over each other. I flipped past MTV last night and it made me so so so sad. Does Madge have a new album coming out or what? Why is she suddenly seeking so much attention?

      • jw_ny

        Suddenly? Madge has always sought attention. 😉

        • warontara

          Yes, but in the last…week? She’s called her son an n-word on Instagram, performed with Macklemore, and now this. Usually when she’s around this much, it’s strategic to promote some project.

          • MilaXX

            IMO Madge’s entire social media game come off as desperate.

      • amaranth16

        I think foodycatAlicia is comparing this to the Britney incident from a few years ago…

        • That’s the one. It was about 10 years ago wasn’t it?

          • amaranth16

            Oh my goodness, it was that long ago! Wow.

        • kimmeister

          I find it interesting Xtina is never mentioned as having participated in liplock with Madonna like 2 seconds after Britney.

          • I don’t think I even knew that happened!

          • kimmeister

            Xtina had black hair at the time, and IIRC, a black lacy bustier.

          • demidaemon

            Because Xtina has better things going on. Namely singing and talent.

          • amaranth16

            Huh, I didn’t know that, actually. I just remembered the coverage at the time, which was all about Britney. I wonder why that is.

    • filmcricket

      Oh she sang with Brit-brit too. They had a video and everything.

  • ralish

    Ugh, times two. How is that Madonna looks like a wannabe? People want to be her!!

    • formerlyAnon

      But SHE wants to be 19. Or at least, 29. That’s where the wannabe comes in, for me.

      She’s been a genius at what she does, she’s got money, entertainment industry power & influence, as far as we know, good health, and as much talent, drive and discipline for work as she’s ever had. She could have been a harder-edged, more appearance conscious mensch, more like Meryl Streep. Instead she’s always coming off as if “Find Fountain of Youth” is #1 on her to do list.

      (edited for egregious spelling error)

  • Jessica Freeman

    Miley’s outfit is just a full on NO. Madge’s is not so bad considering what it is. The photos of this monumental event will ensure I will not watch it.

    • @Biting Panda

      I wanted to know how they sounded. I found 3 clips, I made it through nearly half of each of them.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I can imagine how cringe-worthy it is, and I’m the personality that has a hard time watching that level of awkward and being embarrassed FOR them while they could care less. I avoid these moments at all costs.

      • jw_ny

        MTV website has quite a few vids of the performance on their site. Now I’m not trying to get you to change your opinion or anything…it’s all subjective, but I enjoyed watching it…more than I thought I would considering how negative a lot of the reactions are to it. I especially liked Miley’s ‘Jolene’ rendition, and thought Madge sounded good in the “Don’t Tell Me/We Can’t Stop’ duet.

        • @Biting Panda

          I am a fan of Miley’s whiskey voice. I don’t understand why she’s putting so much forced twang into it. Her natural accent is country enough, she was so hamfisted with it, I was reminded of when actors butcher the accent on screen.

      • demidaemon

        I’m impressed, both by your willingness to actively google them and watch a significant percentage of them

        • @Biting Panda

          Didn’t even have to use my Google Fu. Celebitchy had them up. But yes, be impressed I lasted a collective two and a half minutes.

          • formerlyAnon

            The SACRIFICE. Oh, the SACRIFICE.

  • Nancer

    I think they look really cute together! Love this for the stage. I would pay to see that show!

    • thenathanbot

      Right? I also love Madonna for continuing to do/look like whatever the hell she wants and ignore the blahblahblah from people who talk about what a “women her age” should/shouldn’t be doing. Get it, homegirl.

      • boweryboy

        For me it reeks of try-hard, and Madonna doesn’t have to try-hard.

      • Evan

        You even approve of the grill? That’s a bridge too far for me.

        • thenathanbot

          That’s maybe not her best accessory 🙂 But I think it’s worn with a certain sense of humor/irony that’s kind of hilarious.

        • Nancer

          Am I missing something? Because I looked really closely at this picture and there was not a grill in sight…

          • Evan

            I’m not talking about here. He was talking about how she has been looking in general lately and how she’s received a lot of criticism for it. I was just saying that I hate it when she wears the grill. I think it looks stupid on anyone, but esp. desperate/trying to be hip on her. But who knows, maybe she is wearing it to be ironic. I still don’t like it though.

          • demidaemon

            I agree with Evan. Grills are dumb, no matter how well-known you are or whatever “irony” you are trying to represent with them.

          • Nancer

            Ah – I see! Not fond of the grill myself, to be honest.

      • Nancer

        Exactly! And let’s face it, she can really wear the heck out of this outfit. So I say, go for it! It’s supposed to be fun, which is what stage fashion should be about. Fun, or fantasy – something that has an impact.

  • jilly_d

    That Ashish model looks positively miserable. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a runway model with such sadness in the eyes. Sweetie, is it the pants making you feel this way?

    • kimmeister

      That, or possibly the Egyptian eyeliner.

  • annrr

    Somebody really needs to introduce Miley to a tongue scraper. They are $4.00.

  • filmcricket

    Madge was doing the rhinestone cowboy thing around the time of “Music” wasn’t she? Oh well, she looks pretty good. Certainly better than she did in the Cab Calloway get-up on the weekend.

    • mlle

      Yup. I think that was also around the time Britney and Justin showed up at some awards show in matching bedazzled denim formalwear.

  • Miley looks like a honky tonk drag queen version of Justin Bieber.
    Which I guess is spot on with her image, so good job?
    I just can’t with Madge anymore. It’s like she’s trying to cryogenically freeze herself in 2001.

  • jonnyf8

    This will be interesting. Miley is a much better singer than Madge has ever been — especially live. The unplugged concept for Miley doesn’t seem alien to anyone who has seen that awesome backyard video of her doing Jolene.

    • amanda siegelson

      hells to the yeah on that! that was actually the first thing that made me adore miley. she knocks jolene out of the park in that video.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I love that video of Miley singing Dolly’s ‘Jolene.’ I had never heard any of her music before I saw that – imagine my surprise when I finally heard ‘We Can’t Stop.’ But I’ll always have a bit of a soft spot for her because I know she can really sing.

      • jonnyf8

        I’d been enjoying “We Can’t Stop” for weeks and then I saw her on the VMA’s and that was the first time I knew it was Miley. I’d also NOT been enjoying “Blurred Lines” and was also shocked to know that it was Robin Thicke.

        One of my best memories of last summer was a guy in back of me in a convertible dancing in his seat to Miley blaring. His GF was totally embarrassed and stopped him before he could stand up to twerk.

    • boweryboy

      That’s the video that made me say, “I get it. The girl actually does have talent.” Too bad she’s wasting it.

    • Mismarker

      She did “Jolene” for this Unplugged as well. It’s one of my favorite songs and I must begrudgingly admit Miley does it justice.

  • StelledelMare

    I think Madonna’s works as stagewear. Miley’s should’ve never even seen a runway let alone a stage.

  • WittyCism

    If this is what it takes to remove Madonna’s godawful grille, then, yes!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    that’s a lot of tongue hanging out,y’all, but they do look like they had a good time.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t even know how to comment on these outfits. I’m not sure how I feel about Madge these days, but this looks pretty fun.

  • Wendi126

    Im tired of seeing Mikey’s uvula and is Madge’s tongue pierced? Or is that an errant sequin?

  • MonteCristo

    It must be hard to feel that much pressure to be young.

  • Kathy

    Intergenerational Attention Whores is my new band’s name.

    • formerlyAnon

      That works on so many levels as a band name.

  • Erica

    I’m going to assume they were singing something off of Madonna’s Music album, which was a bit o’roadside honky-tonk. I could be wrong. God, I love that album. I’m going to listen to it right now and remember how she was….

    • BoxOfficeChica

      Yes, they were singing a mash-up of Don’t Tell Me and We Can’t Stop.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    well it’s certainly not Madge’s first rodeo…

  • calimon

    Miley is like a horny Chihuahua. Like the tongue wagging thing, she can’t seem to help humping her co-performers (eg, Robin Thicke).

    Other than that, I can’t say I hate her ensemble. But Madonna’s I cannot get behind (no pun intended).

  • Apparently, it needs to be said: The world needs less tongue exposure, not more. Madonna and Miley, please take note.

  • lesmaha

    I just can’t with these two…

  • bertkeeter

    Road tour for “TRANNY Get your Gun”?

    • Kathy

      Oh Bert!

      • bertkeeter


        • Kathy

          Great ideas for Musical Mondays!

    • sisterb67

      Bert Keeter WINS the internet. FOREVAH!

      • bertkeeter

        I’d like to thank the Academy….

    • Lisa Hager

      I get that you mean this joke in a good-natured way, but “tranny” is considered to be highly offensive term by many members of the transgender community. And, to use this term as a derogatory put-down casts being visibly transgender or not “passing” as a bad thing.

      • bertkeeter

        No offense intended….

  • bertkeeter

    Or more like “Granny Get Your Gun”!

  • decormaven

    This doesn’t seem to be particularly fresh, costume-wise. Madonna wore cowboy inspired garb in the video “Don’t Tell Me”, and the ripped, worn denim look was worked much more successfully by Miley’s dad back in the day. I’m only amazed that MTV still plays music.

    • anyalama

      They don’t. This is not music.

  • ailujailuj

    …except it is rarely just stage wear with these to megalomaniacs.
    apropos – neither one of them can really sing a lick so they resort to character and imagery. has worked very well for both of them.

    • kittentoes

      All the world’s a stage.

      • ailujailuj

        thank god. I hate boring.

  • dashwoodstole

    I feel Madge maybe led the way on this look so she could ensure she’d look better than Miley. It’s worked. Although the cowboy look doesn’t really work for anyone.

  • jjtxgrrl

    UGH. Really? Kinda cute in an attention whore kind of way???

    THERES nothing cute about this. Either of them.
    Nothing cute about attention whores either.

    Madonna should Just. Stop. She making an ASS of herself. I know…..No ONE is willing to say anything about Madonna…. But Shes really looking desperate.


  • Aurumgirl

    The very definition of desperate. For them both.

  • acevedob

    Madonna, I cry tears of blood for your decay. (Also, Miley Cyrus is a cultural antichrist.)

  • lunchcoma

    I didn’t find this cute at all. I have complicated feelings about Miley. I think mostly knows what she’s doing, but I think someone needs to remind her that Madonna has a history of feasting on the blood of younger pop stars. As for Madonna…what she’s been doing lately doesn’t work for me at all. It comes off as desperate rather than edgy. I really wish she’d find something else.

    Oh. The clothes. Right. They both look ridiculous. Next!

  • sagecreek

    Ugh. I don’t even like Madonna much, but Miley does not deserve to share a stage with her.

  • ailujailuj

    tongues can reveal a lot about your health. it is no surprise that madge’s tongue looks lightyears healthier than the miley’s.
    they’re best kept rolled up inside.

  • Lilyana_F

    Aww, that just made me a little bit sad…

    • lifeisastory

      Me too. Two peas in a pod. One much creepier and wrinklier than the other.

  • YoungSally

    What’s the white thing in the middle of Madonna’s tongue? Grill accident? Piercing? Something more sinister?

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Oh gross. Thanks for calling my attention to that…::barf::

      • YoungSally

        De nada…..barf ; p

  • Antonio Medrano

    Miley is rocking the latest from Mugatu’s Derelichte campaign I see

  • Oh jesus christ.

  • SierraDelta

    The makeup on the model intrigues me no end. It looks like something from ancient Egyptian paintings. Which goes so well with her couture togs.

  • demidaemon

    UGH. I speak mostly about the clothes here. Even as stagewear, I find them hideous.

    Also, no more tongues please.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Madonna’s bedazzled holster and toy gun are a bit much I think.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Do they really think sticking out their tongues is at all sexy or edgy? It’s so….not.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    My four year old says about these photos, “Creepy. Different. Scary. And kind of ugly.”

  • Dan_In_NYC

    This is awful, and I know I will rot in hell for it – and I don’t mean this ironically, but rather literally – Madge looks like she’s having a stroke in that first picture.

  • “We’re so desperate!”

  • drdirection

    Really, she bashes Gaga but is okay with Miley?

  • jjjoy

    Madonna is so sad nowadays

  • Icky sleazy clown show. Ah, now I feel mean. I think it’s the tongues that make me say sleazy. Otherwise, I’ll hang with the rest of the BKs.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    I wish someone (her dentist, perhaps) would have a heart to heart with Miley about brushing her tongue. At this point, getting her to keep it in her mouth seems like an lost cause, so she could at least clean it properly.

  • ellisd123

    Wow, Miley really does look a lot like Justin Bieber

  • AnnaleighBelle

    “Put your tongue back in your mouth, Madge. It’s bad enough when the kids do it.”

    At least Madonna’s tongue isn’t coated white.

  • katiessh

    i HATE this. god, madonna looks desperate and miley looks like her 80s outfit got shredder by a lawnmower

  • MannahattaMamma

    Miley should be Madge-ing, not Madge Miley-ing.

  • guest2visits

    Wince. I used to love that song. First, this was Miley’s little show. It was enough strange. Also, I’m already having a difficult time with the less than commendable antics of Madge of recent years. Madonna’s self restraint or good sense has apparently evaporated along with any clue about what works for her as an artist in her 50s-60s. Then, and this is the saddest fact; Madonna’s voice simply was not up to the medley here. That works against her being taken seriously, it works against her own legacy. And the silly grind and pose….not pretty.

  • Ken Sullivan

    I’m sorry but Madonna just reminds me of Amy Poehler’s character in Mean Girls at this point…she’s trying too hard to be cool. We all fell in love with her because she didn’t give a fuck…now she’s trying to twerk with Miley who is like her daughter’s age….