The duo kept to the classic version of “Tiny Dancer”—no remixes here—a song which has become an anthem since it first debuted in 1972, perhaps with the help of its appearance in the movie Almost Famous.
Many viewers on Twitter couldn’t help but note how the performance embodied Cyrus’ dramatic transformation over the years. Cyrus singing in a floor-length ball gown is a stark contrast from her performance at the VMAs with Robin Thicke in 2013.
And don't get me twisted, Miley got vocals. But we let White women artists go from twerking half naked to singing in ball gowns with Elton John in a way we do not let Black women artists. And call it evolution. I hope we give our girls this kinda artistic flexibility. #GRAMMYs
— Felecia Commodore (@FeleciaElana) January 29, 2018
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) January 29, 2018
John has a history of partnering with younger artists for Grammy performances. In the past, he’s shared the stage with Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran. Cyrus, however, has only performed at the Grammys one other time, when she performed “Fifteen” with Taylor Swift.
Bruno Mars surprised everyone by taking home the best record of the year and best album of the year awards, but it’s OK—we’re sure Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, and Childish Gambino are enjoying their consolation puppies.