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  • Fri, 30, Oct, 2020 - 10:10:AM

The pop girls are saving 2020

Miley Ray Cyrus / via Twitter

Okay, nothing is going to save this year – too much tragedy has struck for 2020 to ever be redeemed. Be it wildfires (in multiple countries), the death of one of the most liberal Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, or the devastating toll of Covid 19 – by anyone’s measure, 2020 has been a calamity. So, take the above headline with a healthy grain of salt.

Having said that, The Pop Girls are going balls-to-the-wall this year, aren’t they?

From Lady Gaga’s floor stomping Chromatica to Taylor Swift’s star-gazing Folklore, the music has been fire.

To recap: Besides Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift both dropping full-length, critically acclaimed albums (which would make for an impressive enough year in pop just there) 2020 has also seen full-length releases from Katy Perry, BlackPink, and Selena Gomez. Not to mention pop juggernaut Ariana Grande announcing via tweet that her next album will be out by the end of the month, giving the internet a collective heart attack.  

But, strangely enough, the pop phenom I’m most excited about in 2020 is Miley “I can’t believe this is the same chick who played Hannah Montana” Cyrus. 

You don’t have to be a diehard to know that Miley’s level of talent is off the charts. In fact, you’d have to be living in a cave to not know the highlights reel of her career: Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter stars in hit Disney show, breaks out on her own, parties in the USA, twerks on Robin Thicke, sings with Dolly Parton and Joan Jett, all the while proving she has one of the best voices in the business.

Did I cover it all?

You’d also have to be living under a rock not to have caught at least a few of her covers – and anyone who’s watched her belt out Led Zeppelin (or Blondie, or Arctic Monkeys, or Bob Dylan) knows this woman is a rockstar.

Plastic Hearts, Cyrus’s upcoming seventh studio album – her first major release in three years – promises to explore those elements of rock and roll that the public (and YouTube commenters) have long wished she would.

Miley certainly hasn’t always made the right move in her career. She was heavily criticized during the twerking on Robin Thicke era for appropriating Black culture, and those criticisms are entirely warranted. It’s not up to me to forgive her for those missteps, so I won’t, but I will say this: it’s extremely satisfying watching a Disney princess grow into one of the most legitimate rockstars of our time. If 2020 can’t give us anything good, at least it can give us that.

All we need now is a surprise drop from Rihanna.

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