Miley Cyrus Covers Nirvana

Pop star Miley Cyrus covers Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" during one of her concerts.

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Vocalist Miley Cyrus is best known for her role as Disney's Hannah Montana as well as having a successful a pop career of her own. It seems, however, that Miley's inspirations and music taste are a bit different than the pop she sings.

At one of her recent performances, Miley covered Nirvana's famous "Smells Like Teen Spirit" after talking about its significance to her.

"I have a lot of fans come out and tell me that I inspire them and make them want to follow their dreams", Miley said. "And so this tour I want to be able to do the music that inspired me and made me want to be here on this stage tonight".

"[Smells Like Teen Spirit] is always something I sang with my little brother, who can't be with me on this tour, so this song is also for him."

So what do you think, UG? Did Miley do the classic song justice, or does it make you want to bash your head against a wall? Check out the video below and decide for yourself.

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    DethByHeadcrush
    Kudos to knowing good music,but come one. I honestly don't believe that Nirvana is one of your influences if you grew up being known as a pre-teen country singer. And I believe it even less when your father is one of the most famous country singers...
    bokma
    How is this news? This is probably one of the most covered songs ever.
    DeanKennedy
    i hate it however i would rather her sing smells like teen spirit than her own stuff, btw go on youtube and look up kathleen hanna's version, she's got this awesome story of how kurt came up with the name
    CronoMagus
    Stuart90 wrote: I don't like Nirvana personally but way she "dances" and acts in intro is just ****ing annoying. Shouldn't try dancing to this, no way.
    I was thinking the same thing. The most you should do to this song is jump to the tempo, thats it. No arm flailing or leg kicking please haha
    sheriff_nein
    the idea of someone who has won fame as a singer covering a nirvana song seems kinda dumb, if you ask me...
    MH400
    It isn't terrible, but its not as good as the original obviously.
    jlyndon666
    Why is everyone being so polite about this?! She can't sing, she has no talent, I hated it! This cover is worse then the Sheryl Crow cover of Paradise City...well...no...They're both bad.
    GMPX
    At least she exposed an arena full of screaming 13 year old girls to the sound of a distorted guitar, not a bad thing, good on her I say.
    Kilty Boxers
    metalhed0294 wrote: BrandonBeaux wrote: toxicSOADfreak wrote: SlashIsGod091 wrote: Evews333 wrote: drhammertime wrote: MoFly41 wrote: callumbloodpuke wrote: dweb23 wrote: Salvo416 wrote: callumbloodpuke wrote: peaches58` wrote: GrungeHippie26 wrote: metalgod96 wrote: I think she owes Kurt Cobain all apologies she's a negative creep I think she's dumb. she would have covered even more nirvana songs but there was something in the way Shes a radio friendly unit shifter. I wish she would rape me she should stayaway She looks like she's having an aneurysm when the song starts She needs to drink some Lithium. To be honest, guys, I'm on a plain, so I can't complain... I'm gonna drump some Bleach in her Pennyroyal Tea, then throw her in the Lake Of Fire! Because Jesus Doesn't Want Her For A Sunbeam... Hey guys, You Know You're Right What a Lounge Act, she totally Blew her one chance to gain some true cred Eww gross, she smells like teen spirit.
    She should have Been A Son.
    Darthkp
    Ok, so I paused it 2 sec into the verse to look at the comments and im suprised at you people! This is awful. A lot of the comments are saying that she wsnt tha bad, but come on. I want everyone who said she wasnt that bad to listen to it again and tell me it wasnt that bad. If you are a sane person, you will change your mind.
    PMAC01
    Wow... I am not saying I could do better, but that was pretty bad. I think she should stick to her pre-fabricated pop stuff because this doesn't work.
    dsc5lu
    emphaticleech wrote: Killmainstream9 wrote: emphaticleech wrote: DethByHeadcrush wrote: Kudos to knowing good music,but come one. I honestly don't believe that Nirvana is one of your influences if you grew up being known as a pre-teen country singer. And I believe it even less when your father is one of the most famous country singers... What an ignorant post considering one of Cobain's influences was a country artist named Lead Belly. Yeah...not so much. He was a lot more influenced by the underground punk scene in the 80's. Bands like sonic youth were a much bigger influence upon him. Yeah... that's why they covered Sonic Youth and not Lead Belly at the unplugged. Oh.. wait.. Also, the Vaselines were huge with him. And they were not underground or punk. And neither were Sonic Youth, they were noise. Alongside Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies, they had a big impact on the SOUND of Nirvana. Doesn't mean they were his only influences.
    What an ignorant comment considering Lead Belly was a gospel blues singer.
    dsc5lu
    I don't even like Nirvana and I'm disgusted. She made it sound like a half-yodeled nightmare... Isn't it bad enough that I have to hear her every day on the overhead of my work singing about climbing hills or some shit?
    emphaticleech
    emphaticleech wrote: Killmainstream9 wrote: emphaticleech wrote: DethByHeadcrush wrote: Kudos to knowing good music,but come one. I honestly don't believe that Nirvana is one of your influences if you grew up being known as a pre-teen country singer. And I believe it even less when your father is one of the most famous country singers... What an ignorant post considering one of Cobain's influences was a country artist named Lead Belly. Yeah...not so much. He was a lot more influenced by the underground punk scene in the 80's. Bands like sonic youth were a much bigger influence upon him. Yeah... that's why they covered Sonic Youth and not Lead Belly at the unplugged. Oh.. wait.. Also, the Vaselines were huge with him. And they were not underground or punk. And neither were Sonic Youth, they were noise. Alongside Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies, they had a big impact on the SOUND of Nirvana. Doesn't mean they were his only influences.
    And not to mention he loved Led Zeppelin. Hardly underground. As well as REM. Sure, alternative 80s scene.. but by Document in '86.. can you really say REM were still underground after that?
    emphaticleech
    Killmainstream9 wrote: emphaticleech wrote: DethByHeadcrush wrote: Kudos to knowing good music,but come one. I honestly don't believe that Nirvana is one of your influences if you grew up being known as a pre-teen country singer. And I believe it even less when your father is one of the most famous country singers... What an ignorant post considering one of Cobain's influences was a country artist named Lead Belly. Yeah...not so much. He was a lot more influenced by the underground punk scene in the 80's. Bands like sonic youth were a much bigger influence upon him.
    Yeah... that's why they covered Sonic Youth and not Lead Belly at the unplugged. Oh.. wait.. Also, the Vaselines were huge with him. And they were not underground or punk. And neither were Sonic Youth, they were noise. Alongside Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies, they had a big impact on the SOUND of Nirvana. Doesn't mean they were his only influences.
    icedphoenix
    GMPX wrote: At least she exposed an arena full of screaming 13 year old girls to the sound of a distorted guitar, not a bad thing, good on her I say.
    Paramore already does this and they do it 1000 times better than Cyrus
    NIN1993
    Darthkp wrote: Ok, so I paused it 2 sec into the verse to look at the comments and im suprised at you people! This is awful. A lot of the comments are saying that she wsnt tha bad, but come on. I want everyone who said she wasnt that bad to listen to it again and tell me it wasnt that bad. If you are a sane person, you will change your mind.
    the only thing that was good imo was the the music sound good but her vocals were terrible
    Sean Duffy
    My reaction after watching that video was simply this: why is she world famous again? Mediocre performance is mediocre.
    SGplayer1991
    honestly when I read this I was about to shit a brick..I was proven wrong. it wasn't that bad far better than Flyleafs version(not saying much) but it was decent
    Bananafish003
    And regarding that last bit, it should be noted that it's pretty damn hard to cover Sonic Youth at an unplugged concert.
    Bananafish003
    emphaticleech wrote: dsc5lu wrote: emphaticleech wrote: Killmainstream9 wrote: emphaticleech wrote: DethByHeadcrush wrote: Kudos to knowing good music,but come one. I honestly don't believe that Nirvana is one of your influences if you grew up being known as a pre-teen country singer. And I believe it even less when your father is one of the most famous country singers... What an ignorant post considering one of Cobain's influences was a country artist named Lead Belly. Yeah...not so much. He was a lot more influenced by the underground punk scene in the 80's. Bands like sonic youth were a much bigger influence upon him. Yeah... that's why they covered Sonic Youth and not Lead Belly at the unplugged. Oh.. wait.. Also, the Vaselines were huge with him. And they were not underground or punk. And neither were Sonic Youth, they were noise. Alongside Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies, they had a big impact on the SOUND of Nirvana. Doesn't mean they were his only influences. What an ignorant comment considering Lead Belly was a gospel blues singer. Yeah. He did gospel. Before he served time. :\ Don't even try that strawman. Most artists during that time period did gospel. Everyone from Robert Johnson to Elvis to Johnny Cash. Your rhetoric fails.
    One thing should be made clear: Kurt Cobain may have liked some country music, and he may have covered a country song at some point, but he was not a country singer. The main influences on his music were from the underground punk scenes. He certainly listened to a wide variety of music (including, apparently, black metal), but not all of that is influential to his music. For example, I write rock songs, but I also listen to Kanye West. Does this mean that Kanye West is an influence on me? Maybe a small amount, but nowhere near as much as a rock band like the Rolling Stones.
    emphaticleech
    dsc5lu wrote: emphaticleech wrote: Killmainstream9 wrote: emphaticleech wrote: DethByHeadcrush wrote: Kudos to knowing good music,but come one. I honestly don't believe that Nirvana is one of your influences if you grew up being known as a pre-teen country singer. And I believe it even less when your father is one of the most famous country singers... What an ignorant post considering one of Cobain's influences was a country artist named Lead Belly. Yeah...not so much. He was a lot more influenced by the underground punk scene in the 80's. Bands like sonic youth were a much bigger influence upon him. Yeah... that's why they covered Sonic Youth and not Lead Belly at the unplugged. Oh.. wait.. Also, the Vaselines were huge with him. And they were not underground or punk. And neither were Sonic Youth, they were noise. Alongside Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies, they had a big impact on the SOUND of Nirvana. Doesn't mean they were his only influences. What an ignorant comment considering Lead Belly was a gospel blues singer.
    Yeah. He did gospel. Before he served time. :\ Don't even try that strawman. Most artists during that time period did gospel. Everyone from Robert Johnson to Elvis to Johnny Cash. Your rhetoric fails.
    Bananafish003
    So there's influence...and then there's credibility claims. Influence is generally easier to hear in the music, though, eg. Ke$ha claiming Dinosaur Jr. and Fugazi as "influences" is clearly an attempted credibility claim, as is this performance.
    nianoniano92
    it looks like you're not a complete pop star if you don't bash kurt cobain at least once in your career
    Natrtatr
    Kilty Boxers wrote: metalhed0294 wrote: BrandonBeaux wrote: toxicSOADfreak wrote: SlashIsGod091 wrote: Evews333 wrote: drhammertime wrote: MoFly41 wrote: callumbloodpuke wrote: dweb23 wrote: Salvo416 wrote: callumbloodpuke wrote: peaches58` wrote: GrungeHippie26 wrote: metalgod96 wrote: I think she owes Kurt Cobain all apologies she's a negative creep I think she's dumb. she would have covered even more nirvana songs but there was something in the way Shes a radio friendly unit shifter. I wish she would rape me she should stayaway She looks like she's having an aneurysm when the song starts She needs to drink some Lithium. To be honest, guys, I'm on a plain, so I can't complain... I'm gonna drump some Bleach in her Pennyroyal Tea, then throw her in the Lake Of Fire! Because Jesus Doesn't Want Her For A Sunbeam... Hey guys, You Know You're Right What a Lounge Act, she totally Blew her one chance to gain some true cred Eww gross, she smells like teen spirit. She should have Been A Son.
    Here She Comes Now with crappy covers. Ain't It A Shame that Polly's first song she heard by Nirvana was Miley Cyrus cover of it at School? Now if you'll excuse me I Hate Myself And Want To Die because of this cover. P.S. Don't watch it. It'll will Drain You of the desire to listen to Nirvana.
    JessyB96
    realistically she probably does like the song and draw influence from it. I played in a metal band for years and absoutely love bands like maiden and bodom naturally but i also love the goo goo dolls and the barenaked ladies so i mean what you perform and write really can mean nothing to what she listens to along side her other more assumable influences. And i didn't think it was so bad just wish she didnt move like an epiliptic for most of it
    TrashVampire666
    pop artists who want to seem edgier always do something that was famous like Smells Like Teen Spirit. people who want to appeal to a more underground or artistic type tend to play Creep. its the same shit over and over...she should pull out something really impressive like Flipper or Mudhoney, then id give her the respect she was looking for.
    rockguitar314
    my band covers one song, this one. i think we do the song tons of justice cuz i do the guitar and and the vocals, just like Kurt. but not only did she really screw up the song, she missed the second verse, like what the flying ****? although, her vocals were clearer than Kurt's i also want to say that this was probly the first time some fans of hers ever heard the song/
    nailsarecruel
    varsmolta123 wrote: Please stop singing and do porn already.
    No way. I've warmed to the other Disney kids over time, but Miley Cyrus is still annoying no matter what she does. If anything, she'd cure my porn addiction.
    Killmainstream9
    emphaticleech wrote: DethByHeadcrush wrote: Kudos to knowing good music,but come one. I honestly don't believe that Nirvana is one of your influences if you grew up being known as a pre-teen country singer. And I believe it even less when your father is one of the most famous country singers... What an ignorant post considering one of Cobain's influences was a country artist named Lead Belly.
    Yeah...not so much. He was a lot more influenced by the underground punk scene in the 80's. Bands like sonic youth were a much bigger influence upon him.
    slaveskinJACKET
    guitarplaya070 wrote: Anyone notice in the beginning, she dances like Elaine from Seinfeld?
    Cannot be unseen.
    smalRaptor
    Also, I really wish I could be a guitarist for Miley Cyrus, seems like easy money.
    Alpha_Wolf
    crazysam23_Atax wrote: Hey, Ms. Cyrus, Kurt Cobain called. He wants his song back!
    Wow that's gotta be the most original comment I've seen on here yet