Miley Cyrus gave a stunning performance alongside an unfamiliar face during her musical appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Cyrus debuted her song “Without You” for the first time live with the Kid Laroi.
However, those watching in the U.S. may not have been familiar with the Australian singer and rapper. Laroi, whose real name is Charlton Howard, is a 17-year-old who found notoriety following the release of his 2020 mixtape, F**k Love.
“Without You” currently sits at No. 23 on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart and at the top of Australia’s ARIA singles chart. During the show, which also saw Elon Musk hosting for the first time, Cyrus gave a beautiful rendition of Dolly Parton’s 1977 hit “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.” Cyrus sang the song for Parton, her godmother, as a Mother’s Day tribute.
Later, the 28-year-old Cyrus and Laroi teamed up for their broadcast premiere of their single, which they released in April. Cyrus also directed the song’s music video. Cyrus also performed her hit song, “Plastic Hearts.”
In addition to singing, she also appeared in a Space X-inspired sketch alongside Pete Davidson. Before the show, Cyrus promoted the “SNL” performance on her Instagram account. She shared several behind-the-scenes clips before they joined one another on stage.
Miley Cyrus Teams up With Australian-Based Artist for Broadcast Debut of ‘Without You’
Cyrus also shouted out the show’s host when viewers heard her throwing out ideas for the performance, including space-themed projections. “StOkEd FoR @nbcsnl this week with my boys @thekidlaroi & #elonmusk,” she wrote alongside the clip on Instagram.
Cyrus also shared a snap of all three stars alongside each other in the “SNL” studio, captioning it, “HoLy TrInItY #ElonMusk @thekidlaroi.” In a recent interview, Laroi told Variety that he met Cyrus through the co-writer and producer of “Without You,” Omer Fedi.
“So we just linked up, met in the studio, she cut the record and then we went and hung out and had a little party. She’s cool as f—,” he added. “I remember when my cousins used to force me to watch ‘Hannah Montana,’ so collaborating with her was pretty cool.”
In his home country of Australia, some believe that Laroi’s appearance on “SNL” will catapult him into worldwide fame. The appearance is a “massive moment for Australian hip hop” and will pave the way for other artists, Mike Etheridge, a Sydney radio host, recently said.