Miley Cyrus became the soul and conscience of the nation last night on the “Tonight Show,” with two moving tribute songs to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre. One of them was a song she hasn’t sung in years, “The Climb.”
Cyrus, who has made a 180-degree turn in her once bad-girl career, wants to become more socially active.
Last night, she took a big step in that direction.
The 24-year-old singer opened the show with Dido’s 2013 single, “No Freedom,” after host Jimmy Fallon’s somber introduction.
“This morning we woke up to the news of another senseless shooting — this time in Las Vegas,” Fallon said.
“In the face of tragedies and acts of terror, we need to remember that good still exists in this world. We’re here to entertain you tonight and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Cyrus took the stage to open the show, accompanied by guest-star Adam Sandler.
Miley explained why she chose those songs on Instagram:
“In honor of the lives lost , injured and affected by the tragic shooting in Vegas, @fallontonight & I dedicated this show to not only mourning this horrific event but using this platform to encourage unity , peace & hopefulness!” she wrote. “So we started this week off with a song I haven’t performed in years … #TheClimb . These words mean more now to me than ever … ” Keep The Faith” ….. Sending love to ALL! Enjoy the show tonight & #MileyWeek …. hope we can make you smile even thru so much pain
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and injured more than 500 others at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday by spraying the crowd with automatic weapons fire.
The 64-year-old Nevada resident. was holed up in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel with 23 guns.
Miley is spending a week in residency on the late-night talk show. Check out her videos below.