Miley Cyrus has shared the live video of her debut public performance of her hit “Flowers,” recorded last week at a pre-Thanksgiving party at Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont.
While attendees posted abbreviated videos of the performance soon after the show, Cyrus uploaded the full rendition of “Flowers,” which she jazzed up for the Chateau Marmont set.
As Cyrus hadn’t performed in public for the near-entirety of 2023 — her only previous performance was as host of her own New Year’s Eve special in Miami at the close of 2022 — the Thanksgiving Eve party marked her first-ever time playing “Flowers” in public; the only previous performance of the track was at a private Backyard Session in March heralding the release of Endless Summer Vacation.
In sharing the “Flowers” footage, Cyrus also highlighted her and the single’s many accomplishments this year, including the fact that it was “Spotify’s #1 Most Streamed Song of 2023 Globally,” Billboard’s Top Radio Song, and the recipient of six Grammy nominations including Album of the Year.
Endless Summer Vacation was a success, despite Cyrus’ reluctance to tour in support of the album, which she informed fans about in May. “Like singing for hundreds of thousands of people isn’t really the thing that I love,” Cyrus said. “There’s no connection. There’s no safety. It’s also not natural. It’s so isolating because if you’re in front of 100,000 people then you are alone.”
She later added in a statement: “For clarity I feel connected to my fans NOW more than ever. Even if I don’t see them face to face every night at a concert, my fans are felt deeply in my heart. I’m constant creating and innovating new ways that I can stay connect to the audience I love – without sacrificing my own essentials.”
She continued, “Performing for YOU has been some of the best days of my life & we will continue this journey together as we have for the last almost two decades. This has nothing to do with a lack of appreciation for the fans & everything to do with I simply don’t want to get ready in a locker room… I just don’t want to sleep on a moving bus.”
She also joked, “Am I going on tour? Yeah, the Aman hotel tour. Singing in the lobby for that complimentary massage.”
It turns out, instead of the Aman chain, she sang at the Chateau Marmont; it’s unclear if she got a complimentary massage.