Miley Cyrus and Brandi Carlile Join Forces To Perform ‘The Climb’ and ‘The Story’ on ‘Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party’

Miley Cyrus took a brief break from her hosting duties on Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party to join forces with…


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December 31, 2021

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Miley Cyrus took a brief break from her hosting duties on Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party to join forces with Americana singer Brandi Carlile for an epic collaboration on Friday (Dec. 31).

The collaborative performance featured the superstars singing Carlile’s “The Story” and Cyrus’ chart-topping hit, “The Climb.”

The performance kicked off with “The Story,” during which Cyrus stopped the show to tell fans, “how lucky am I that I get to bring in 2022, singing one of my favorite songs of all time with one of my favorite artists of all time.” 

Cyrus added, “It’s chicks like her that make me want to do what I do.” 


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After performing “The Story,” Carlile and Cyrus went on to sing “The Climb” in the form of a duet. Carlile sang the opening verse before Cyrus joined her on the chorus.

“My hero everybody, Brandi Carlile,” Cyrus said as they concluded their performance with a hug.

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party also featured performances from Cyrus and Carlile, as well as Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 24kGoldn, and Kitty Ca$h.

Co-hosted by Cyrus and Pete Davidson, the NYE concert special gave a youthful twist to the celebration from Miami, Florida, executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.

The show aired live at 10:30/9:30c on NBC as well as streaming on the Peacock app.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.