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Miley Covers…NIRVANA?!

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Wow! We're surprised SHE even knows this song, let alone her young fans!

Check out that MileyBird performing a cover of Nirvana's iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit during the Peruvian leg of her Gipsy Heart tour (above)!

We have to say…not bad!

Granted, we're sure many would think that Kurt's probably rolling in his grave right about now, but we'll give credit where credit is due - she sounds solid!

However, we're still not feeling this leather daddy look, gurl! It's about time to change it up!

What do U think?? How did Miley do covering Nirvana??

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104 comments to “Miley Covers…NIRVANA?!”

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  1. 1

    why is it surprising that she knows a song by nirvana? were not all consumed with bieber and katy perry you know.

  2. 2

    dear goddddddddddddd. we apologize, kurt.

  3. 3


  4. 4

    Kurt Cobain is turning over in his grave. This is awful, and the only person who could have given her permission to do this awful cover is the killer, Courtney herself.

  5. 5

    Oh. My. God. That was horrid. She just needs to give up and go back into obscurity. She's nobody without Disney.

  6. 6

    I understand "rolling in his grave" is a euphemism, but when someone is cremated, it doesn't exactly apply.

  7. 7

    courtney should slap her! That did not sound good and what is with her arms?! and you cant go from disney princess to grunge.

  8. 8

    so terrible

  9. 9

    She did a great version of the song. Rocked it. I loved it.

  10. 10

    she is just trying TOO hard to be all "grown up", she looks too forced!!!!!! and she is definitely NOT the person to "honor" Nirvana

  11. 11

    Not bad???? NOT BAD? this has got to be a fucking joke, really the biggest joke i have ever heard! kurt rolling in his grave? i would say he's doing fucking flips! TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 12

    OMG. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo. NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo.

    OMFG, no!

  13. 13

    Better than Casey Abrams (snap!).

  14. 14

    No. No. No. No. I just threw up in my mouth. I hope Kurt comes back from the dead and shoots HER in the face. Awful.

  15. 15

    so not only did she pick THE most overplayed nirvana song to cover, but she managed to sound even worse than usual. let's call a spade a spade and admit it: she's trying to sound edgy by singing a song she heard off of the radio months ago. she was what, like 5 when this came out?

  16. 16

    Hanah Montana was over 2 years ago, Miley should study accounting. Maybe Amanda Cosgrove could cover God Save The Queen to out do Miley.

  17. 17

    I'm sorry, were you alive when Nirvana broke? Not bad? Really, you can't be serious.

  18. 18

    "We have to say…not bad!"
    "We'll give credit where credit is due - she sounds solid!"
    ARE YOU INSANE?????????? No seriously, is there something wrong with you?!?!?! What, exactly, was "not bad" about that? That was possibly one of the worst performances I have EVER seen. It was completely horribly sung & performed. Reeeeeeeeeally, reeeeeeeeally terrible. But I guess I can't be too hard on you when all you listen to is Bieber & Katy Perry.

  19. 19

    Why is it surprising she knows this song? I'm younger than her and know this song, some of this generation still has good taste in music. Nirvana happens to be one of my favorite bands, when I found out she covered this song I was pissed. I'm even more pissed after seeing this video. She sounded terrible!! And here I thought it was bad enough she preformed with my idol Joan Jett.

  20. 20

    Smells like teen Salvia.

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  22. 22

    she just genuinely likes classic rock. She's always said the music she makes isn't what she listens to. yeah seems like she's trying pretty hard to come off as edgy but it's not soo bad

  23. 23

    Doesn't SOUND bad, but looks stupid. I can't watch her. She looks like she is trying too hard to be a ROCKER!!

  24. 24

    loved it!! haters stfu

  25. 25

    loved it haterz stfu

  26. 26

    *rolls eyes*

  27. 27


  28. 28

    Re: Lydiax – completely agree girl. she doesn't deserve to even be in the same room as Joan.

  29. 29

    I literally just created an account here to say how bad this sounded this was just a disgrace to nirvana

  30. 7tizz says – reply to this


    Does she even know what the song is about? It's a song about flipping the bird to people exactly like her. I guess it's cool she can sing in tune w/o backing vocals live though - most popstars don't (not even Mario's beloved Gaga)…although, I'm not familiar with her other songs she does live so don't quote me.

  31. 31

    That was just wrong!

  32. 32

    The fuck is this?

  33. 33

    She looks crazy flailing her arms like that.

  34. 34

    Re: Sick_girl – your comment is the best!!! lol

  35. Rose says – reply to this


    Her voice is awful.

  36. 36

    Miley…CUT YOUR nasty longHAIR!! and no she does not deserve credit for that shit

  37. 37

    I listened to about 3 seconds and shut it off. Dear God that was awful, but any standard. It sounded like a drunk desperate chick at karaoke lounge trying to impress that smoldering dark and handsome fella in the beard and the flannel shirt. Fuck this horrid piece of shit rendition of Nirvana.


  38. 38

    FRANCES BEAN SHOULD KNOCK THE SHIT OUT OF HER FOR THIS……….Not bad?? like when you said Jared Letos vid of Kurt was good?? pffffffff your fort-ay is not rock or anythign that has to do with guitars…stick to synth pop child…no offense

  39. 39

    Re: DamnYankee – Haha your analogy made my day. Nice one

  40. Dbeee says – reply to this


    NO…….WHY??? This should have never happened; No but really??? WTF? Kurt would be traumatized by this…but serioulsly…wtf?!

  41. 41

    who does miley cyrus think she is these days? she looks and sounds crazy. stick to pop. or do nothing. whichever. sorry kurt. ps he was cremated.

  42. 42

    Kurt, I'm SO SORRY.

  43. 43

    Ohhhhh, PeePee…Not bad? I wish I could hop in a hot tub time machine and never let myself click play. Uggghhhh

  44. 44

    Yuck. Pop tarts should leave real music to actual artists.

  45. 45

    Re: Mfs Schurman
    fuck off

  46. 46

    lmao! what was "Solid" about that? fucking sucked!

  47. 47

    I think it's pretty cool a Disney star likes Nirvana but she sounded nowhere near "solid" it wasn't good at all.

  48. 48

    Cobain publicly stated several times that he couldn't stand this song. Why would he care if she sings it? If he really cared about his legacy of songs, he'd be here protecting them. People cover songs. It's what they do. She didn't come and sing it in your yard, who gives a rat's ass if she sings it in Ecuador? Get over yourselves, people.

  49. 49

    I hate the fact that adults act so surprised when they find out that there are kids and teens who enjoy classic music. I was raised on 70's and 80's rock my entire life. And I'mm in COLLEGE! I'll pop in a Joan Jett CD anything before I put anything main stream on my i-pod. The only mainstream artist I keep on my i-pod are the one's I grew up with in the 90's. Everything else on down is plain old oldie but goodies.

  50. 50

    Re: Gergana Gossip – ooh that's funny, and you do? hahahaha. Joan Jett is Miley's idol too, what the hell? Why do you mind if Miley covers Joan OR Nirvana? Joan herself likes Miley's covers and she would never have done that duet with her, if she didn't think Miley did good job with those songs. And the only reason you hate Miley's version so much, is that you hate the idea of Miley. If you don't like her then listen to her singing, and don't comment like that.

  51. 51

    Re: Lydiax – lol, Joan is Miley's idol too. I'm sure you can't sing for your life and that's why you're jealous that Miley has the talent to do duet with Joan :)

  52. 52

    Re: 7tizz – Miley has always said that she sings live, and that's why you can read those comments about how bad she sounds but she doesn't give a shit, not anyone can like her. But at least she sings live and that's the main point I think. I'd rather see live those who actually sing live (Miley) than Gaga, no matter how "good and amazing" Gaga's show is…

  53. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: happy1ga – Right. It's her stage show, so if she feels like covering a Nirvana song because she likes it, she does. Besides, it's a tribute to Kurt's song. It wouldn't surprise me to see her put a little lead into one of her future songs or two. No point in sleepwalking through your set.

  54. 54

    If you're GenX, you're feeling pretty old now..

  55. 55

    i feel like people are always commenting " i bet you can't get up there and do that" or " you only wish you can sing like her" but the thing is, i don't have to be able to sing to realize how bad that is… my ears are what tell me it's awful, not my singing ability.

  56. 56

    Coming from a born and raised Seattleite, the city of Seattle, is not happy with her horrible cover. Stick to the club music princess.

  57. 57

    Kurt, if you're watching this, we're so sorry! We can't do anything! She just won't go away!

  58. 58

    She sounds good? Wtf are you on? Im p!ssed she SUCKED…oh and im 19 and a huge nirvava and alice in chains fan a lot of teens are…you have no clue what youre talking about!

  59. 59

    How do I feel about Miley covering Nirvana….. The same exact way I felt about her covering the Runaways…. I think she has a STUDIO voice……

  60. 60

    Someone sung it on American Idol this year. I think it's the most famous hard-rock song of all time now. Stairway to Heaven was for years and now probably more people know Teen Spirit.

  61. 61

    I'm not a fan but I think it's cool that she's doing some rock n roll.

  62. 62

    kurt hated the fact that he made music for people he could relate to, and then people who also happened to like his music and turn it up and suddenly think he was cool were the football players and cheerleaders that were asses to him all his life.

    Hence, his In Bloom lyrics: "He’s the one
    Who likes all our pretty songs
    And he likes to sing along
    And he likes to shoot his gun
    But he knows not what it means
    Knows not what it means
    when I say
    He’s the one
    Who likes all our pretty songs
    And he likes to sing along
    And he likes to shoot his gun
    But he knows not what it means
    Knows not what it means
    Knows not what it means
    Knows not what it means and I say yeeeaaahhh"

  63. 63

    ALSO, nirvana was not classic alternative, poster who is probably her age. It was grunge. there's a difference.

  64. 64

    Blargh, that was awful… Kurt really must be turning in his grave… ashes… whatever… She should stop trying and just stick to her songs.

  65. 65

    and what were the weird jerky "im having a seizure" dance moves before she started singing? fuck.

  66. 66

    Oh God I need ear bleach now. That was terrible. Miley please just stick to your pre-fab pop and leave the rock alone. Poor Kurt.

  67. 67

    Re: jennabean – No, she wasn't even born yet.

  68. 68

    it sounds like SHIT!!!!

  69. 69

    a ha ha ha ! thanks for the laugh, I needed it ♥

  70. 70

    Talking the song, i'm not feeling it.

  71. love3 says – reply to this


    O SWEET JESUS! Kurt, forgive us! Miley knows NOT what she does!

  72. 72

    Miley has gone TOO FAR this time. I kinda like that she's a bad ass now, but come onnnnnnnn. No one who wants to be listening to miley cyrus wants to be listening to nirvana and vice versa.

  73. 73

    can someone PLEASE get off that poor cat's tail already!…oh…what?…that was Miley Cyrus singing??? oh….my bad. :s

  74. 74

    Honestly that was horrible. Her voice doesn't go well with that song. She put too much effort into making her voice sound edgy and it didn't work well at all. I feel the need to slap her across the head for even considering this and I can just about imagine what Kurt might have thought about this.

  75. 75

    Yeah, that was embarrassing! She should stick to her bubblegum pop shit.

  76. 76

    I wanted to like this, but it was very, um, karaoke.

  77. 77

    Honestly people, if Kurt cared, he would be here today. Obviously he isn't. And compared to Miley's songs like The Climb, I honestly like this cover. It is an overplayed song of course and its hard to understand the lyrics when people sing it but if you are just comparing Miley to other Miley songs, then she did good. Many people are just judging her because of who she is and what she does. It is not like she recorded it and its a single on her album. Many artists do covers and some of them aren't liked because they do not compare to the original artist. But its just a song.

  78. 78

    "a mosquitOWWW, my libidOWWW"

    I agree with her on the OWW part.

  79. 79

    Re: DamnYankee – wow, you must be some kind of mind reading sorceror because that was my reaction. i want my 3 seconds back now please

  80. 80

    HATE it!

  81. 81

    That was horrendous!! They should play it to torture the prisoners in jail. Kurt"s ashes are rolling in Courtney's tin. You suck Miley!

  82. 82

    OMFG. I'm from Seattle too and that is just PLAIN FUCKED UP! Such a bad tribute to my city. BAAAAAAAAAAAAD.

  83. 83

    Poor Kurt. He didn't deserve this on his music. x

  84. 84

    I don't care what anybody says, I like it.

  85. 85

    Kurt, there are people that have and always will love your music. Please understand, she is an ignorant, spoiled sotherner.

  86. 86

    This should be illegal! Way to butcher a classic MILEY! YUCK!

  87. 87

    Re: green jeans – haha, i thought you wrote Smells like teen SALIVA!! ha, both probably true.

  88. 88

    "We have to say…not bad!"
    "We'll give credit where credit is due - she sounds solid!"

    Sorry Perez, but you're taking "nice" too far. Honesty is still important. Her voice was struggling to get the appropriate edginess for that song, she was at times drowning in the instruments and she looked like she needed a nap. Not impressed at all. She should stick to what she is good at, unless she's really willing to put in the work to do a cover like this.

  89. 89

    Re: jennabean – Younger than that, probably not even born yet when this came out. I'm serious.

  90. 90

    She really cannot sing. Her albums must be autotuned to death!

  91. 91

    Nearly everyone knows the lyric to that song it's iconic for a reason. Miley's performance was fucking awful.

  92. 92

    Re: jennabean – Well i was pretty young when nirvana were at their height but i love them and always will as i grew up listening to them. But Miley sucks and smells like teen spirit is a song most people know perez so dont act like its some miracle she knows who it is. Tbh im more suprised you know about them!

  93. 93

    Actually, Nirvana was Punk.

  94. 94

    This is awful. Absolutely painful. Miley Cyrus is just terrible all around. Yuck.

  95. 95

    FIRST OF ALL: It wasnt PERU the place where she kicked off her tour, it was Ecuador, for the record, its not just a line that divides the hemispheres.
    Yeah it did sound great, cause i was in the concert of Ecuador, she nailed it.
    You probably didnt even know who Kurt Cobain was until the biographic movie would come out.
    Im disgusted by you, the media,poor you the gossip tellers who hide themselves telling true or rather UNTRUE things about celebs

  96. 96

    ugh shes annoying

  97. 97

    I think I just threw up a bit in my mouth when I heard her sing that. She should know better then to sing a song like that. For starters Kurt hated that song beyond hated it he refused to play it anymore and yet here she goes singing the song with her shitty voice and makes it sound shitty as well. Kurt should go haunt her ass or something for that horrible attempt at that song.

  98. 98

    Good thing Kurt isn't alive to hear this shit. This is an insult to music.

  99. 99

    Re: Elenna_7 – exactly. if someone is really into their or anyone else's music, it shows and it doesn't matter how old you are. nirvana did a lot of great things with music and opened a lot of doors, even after kurt killed himself. i know a lot of people who still listen to them that are in their teens. however, if you're going to cover them A) pick a song that kurt cobain didn't publicly announce that he hated, B) pick a song that isn't the most generically played nirvana song in the world, and C) don't suck at it. it was an obvious attempt (yet again) to change her image. she's grasping at anything humanly possible without even considering the fact that she may not do it well. i don't care what she covers personally, but if someone's going to cover anything, at least do it well and honor the band. don't just do it because you think it will make you sound edgy and cool.

  100. @v@ says – reply to this


    His estate probably gets royalties any time Kurt's (RIP) songs are played, so Miley is helping contribute to the welfare of Frances Bean, when he's decidedly NOT around to ensure it. So, go Miley.

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