Miley Cyrus Defends Her ‘Wrecking Ball’ Music Video, Downplays Nudity
By Nadeska Alexis (@neweryork) , with reporting by Sway Calloway (@realsway) Miley Cyrus left the crowd in awe after her raunchy performance at 2013 VMAs , but she didn’t spend too much time thinking about it since she went directly to the studio to work with Kanye West afterwards. During a visit to “RapFix Live” on Wednesday, Mike Will Made It, who executive produced Miley’s new Bangerz album , revealed that they both skipped out early to hit the studio with ‘Ye. “We went to the studio with Kanye, so we went right back to work. We watched the VMAs a little bit then went straight to the studio,” he told MTV News’ Sway Calloway, adding that they were already completing a remix of “Black Skinhead.” “We’re all working on that and it’s about done, we’re touching the beat up a little bit,” he added. “It sound crazy.” Miley’s performance dominated headlines in the days following the August 25 show, and both Mike Will and Kanye West thought she came out on top. “It was entertainment. She does pop music, so she did exactly what she supposed to do,” Mike Will said. “She made the world talk about her for over a week and they’re still talking about her–We’re talking about her right now, so she won.” Kanye agreed. “He told her that she did right too,” the Atlanta producer explained. “‘Ye is somebody who understands it. People that understand it aren’t gonna have anything too negative to say about the performance.” “It’s really the people who don’t understand it and it’s really the media. Because if you ask a regular person they’re gonna [say] she was turnt up for the performance but it wasn’t the whole crazy uproar. She coulda did much worse. I felt like the performance was great. She’s 20 years old and she’s having a great time.” “She’s successful so they’re gonna say anything about her, man.” Kanye West and Miley Cyrus Photo: Getty Images
Two weeks after Miley Cyrus made headlines for her raunchy and over-the-top MTV Video Music Awards performance, one of the night’s other showstoppersLady Gagacame to her defense during the Sept. 11 episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. When host Andy Cohen asked the 27-year-old “Applause” singer about Cyrus’ provocative “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines” medley, she replied, “I mean, I just think everybody need to lighten up and leave her alone. Because it’s pop music. Everybody’s entitled to their own artistic expression, and if you have a problem with it, just change the channel.” PHOTOS: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and other naked singers in music videos Gagano stranger to controversy herselfargued that Cyrus’ persecution in the media and online has been unfair. “I don’t understand the incessant need to constantly go on and on about hating things all the time because, what, she’s 20 years old? And if anything, I give her props,” the native New Yorker said. “You know, she’s growing up in front of the entire world and maybe she’s not so happy with stuff she did in her career when she was younger and she wants to be free, so let her do what she wants.” PHOTOS: See Lady Gaga’s most bizarre looks over the years! During the Watch What Happens Live after show, Gaga also cleared up rumors about her alleged feud with another pop star. “I’m a very big fan of Christina Aguilera ,” she told Cohen. “From the very beginning of when my career started, there was all this controversy about the two of us. I always felt that it was very unfair.” She continued, “All I know is that people were talking about Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga in the same sentence, and I was nobody! I just think it’s very unfair of anyone to pit another woman against another woman, especially in the space of music when we are all just trying to be taken seriously.” PHOTOS: Christina Aguilera’s style transformation “Christina is an incredible vocalist and an incredible artist,” she added. “From me to her, I’m so sorry for anything that anyone ever said to her because of my existence.
While some reactions to the video have been negative , the ever-controversial Cyrus is standing by her “Wrecking Ball” visuals, telling New York City’s Z100 radio station that the clip is so much more than her nudity. “I think the video is much more, if people get past the point that I’m naked and you actually look at me,” Cyrus said in the interview. “You can tell that I actually look more broken than even the song sounds. The song is a pop ballad. It’s one of these songs that everyone is gonna to relate to, everyone’s felt that feeling at some point.” “If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination a little bit and see kind of what the video really means and the way that it is so vulnerable,” Cyrus continued. “If you look in my eyes I look more sad than actually my voice sounds on the record. It was a lot harder to do the video than it was to even record the song. It was much more of an emotional experience.” “Wrecking Ball” is the latest single off of Cyrus’ fourth studio album, “BANGERZ.” The project, which is set to hit stores on Oct. 8, is led by the hit single “We Can’t Stop.” The album will also feature collaborations with artists including Britney Spears, Big Sean, and French Montana. Cyrus is hardly the first artist to include nudity in her music videos. Check out NSFW music videos from the likes of Rihanna, Motley Crue, Alanis Morissette, and Madonna below. Loading Slideshow Motley Crue – “Girls, Girls, Girls” Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” Rihanna – “Stay” ft. Mikky Ekko Cheap Trick – “Up The Creek” The Dandy Warhols – “Bohemian Like You” Madonna – “Justify My Love” Katy Perry – “California Gurls” ft. Snoop Dogg Justin Timberlake – “Tunnel Vision” Blink-182 – “What’s My Age Again?” Britney Spears – “Womanizer” Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know” (feat.