Miley Cyrus Shines in Pride Concert Special “Stand By You”
Peacock teamed up with Miley Cyrus for a Pride Month concert special available to stream on June 25. “Miley Cyrus Presents Stand By You” featured some of Cyrus’s classics, from “We Can’t Stop” to “Party in the U.S.A,” and celebrated some of music’s biggest icons, paying homage to Cher and Madonna.
Musical guests Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Mickey Guyton, Orville Peck, and Little Big Town joined Cyrus in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the hourlong concert event.
Cyrus dazzled in designer getups from Gucci, Christopher John Rogers, Alexandre Vauthier, and Giambattista Valli Haute Couture throughout the night. She made a splash donned in rainbow sequins, sheer, and feathers.
Drag queens Sapphire Mylan, Raquel Rea Heart, Iris Lefluer, and Venus Ann Serena joined Cyrus in the concert special. Queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” including Jaidynn Diore Fierce and Kylie Sonique Love also made appearances.
Cyrus and musical guests took on crowd favorites, including Cyrus’s Hannah Montana movie ballad “The Climb,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” and Cher’s “Believe.”
More than Music: LGBTQ+ Advocacy
“Miley Cyrus Presents Stand By You” is the first of three of Cyrus’s televised specials in a deal signed with NBCUniversal. The concert stemmed from Cyrus’s desire to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. In an Instagram post, she said the special “feels like a peaceful protest.”
“There are laws endangering the lgbtq+ community all around the country and even here in my home state,” Cyrus said. “We can’t stop and we won’t stop doing everything in our power to create the changes we want to see not just here but AROUND THE WORLD! You’ve gotta start somewhere! So I’ve begun in Nashville.”
The singer, who identifies as pansexual, is also a strong supporter for the LGBTQ+ community in the philanthropic world. She founded the Happy Hippie Foundation in 2015, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless youth and the LGBTQ+ community.
During the show, Cyrus recognized the hardships being faced in the LGBTQ+ community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hate and injustice and inequality is a global pandemic all on its own,” she said. “This community and the rights of individuals a part of it are at risk.”
Afterward, Cyrus took to Instagram and said the show was like a “dream.” “I’ve said it a million times. I literally have the best FANS in the world,” Cyrus said.