Five thoughts on Miley Cyrus at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village

Miley Cyrus dances in the Village across from the Luxor during the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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2013 iHeartRadio: The Village

1. While we were expecting pasties and a mesh top (which she did wear to the iHeartRadio Music Festival later that night …) Miley hit the stage at iHeart’s Village wearing a white, two-piece lace-up camisole and hot pant ensemble—fairly tame considering the VMAs.

2. “I know it’s hot as f*ck,” Cyrus called out to the crowd, further establishing that this is no Hannah Montana twerking onstage for us. Side note: Highs in the mid-’90s aren’t really that hot for Las Vegans. The weather was actually pretty enjoyable throughout the day.

2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival: Day 2

3. It’s no surprise that Cyrus would treat the crowd to her latest two hits: “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.” But being that the controversial pop star is doing everything she can to distance herself from her Disney image, it was surprising that she included “Party in the U.S.A.,” only this time repeating the Jay-Z line instead of mentioning a “Britney song” (guess she didn’t want to remind fans of another pop star who went over the edge with an image makeover). Cyrus also included a cover of folk singer Melanie Safka’s “Look What They’ve Done to My Song,” which suited her voice well.

4. Flanking Cyrus were a number of dancers dressed as rainbows and giant mushrooms and a crew of twerking little people, resulting in the strangest Super Mario Brothers-inspired performance art piece ever.

5. Cyrus closed the set with “Wrecking Ball,” which just hit Billboard’s Hot 100 top spot this week. The emotionally charged song brought the singer to tears, as it was recently revealed she had called off her engagement to Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. Let that mascara run, girl.

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