Why Miley Cyrus Covered Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”
Pop star Miley Cyrus contributed a cover of “Nothing Else Matters” to Metallica’s Blacklist Covers collection and originally performed it for the first time at the Glastonbury Festival in 2019. Now, in an interview with Lars Ulrich, she has revealed why this song, of all Metallica songs, has such a personal meaning, which boosted coverage.
The two spoke at length in an article for Magazine Interview and shared their experiences back on stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic. For Cyrus, that meant stepping out in front of 100,000 people at Lollapalooza without any prior warm-up concerts, which led to a discussion of the festival’s past performances.
Ulrich brought up Cyrus’ concert at Glastonbury in 2019 and her very first live performance of “Nothing Else Matters”, asking why she chose that particular song to perform in front of the more traditional festival crowd.
“I have two notebooks that I take wherever I go. One of them is filled with my morals, my values, my purpose, my potential, my abilities and my commitments – to others. and to myself. I constantly write things in there “, prefaced the singer before giving an explanation.
“Recently I wrote something very wise that I heard that relates to your question. It was about how lyrics are one of the most resonant aspects of a song and how it is. the reason an audience connects to a song. It has to do with the words, and challenge ie there is no difference between lightning and lightning. But there is a big difference, ”she continued.
“When I think about the sentiment behind ‘Nothing else matters’, it completely aligns with my morals and values,” Cyrus revealed. “When I listened to ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and knew I was confirmed for Glastonbury – I actually got chills talking about it – it was the only song I could imagine playing.”
Fast forward two years to the present day, the pop superstar relayed what was so special about being included in The Metallica Blacklist, which contains only covers of songs from “Black Album” by 53 artists, some of whom are in the realms of rock and metal and others are far removed from heavy music.
Cyrus praised Metallica’s openness to the wide range of covers and preached for unity across different styles of music, exclaiming: “Fuck the Divide”.
“For you to listen to my cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ with an open mind is one example – you don’t judge who I have been, what I have done or how people see me,” Cyrus said. Ulrich. “Then by allowing me to cover ‘Nothing Else Matters’ on the record, it’s like you’re validating my relationship with that song. I feel like it was written for me, and that’s something. something that I was able to make my own. And now my fans have that connection to that too. This is what happened when I covered [Dolly Parton’s] “Jolene” too. It’s another perfect song. “
In response, Ulrich said: “It’s amazing to look at this list of 53 artists who came together and took the time to record all these songs. There are all these versions of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ by different artists. To hear the song filtered through everyone’s voices, approaches and visions is an amazing thing. “
Last month (September), Metallica and Cyrus joined forces on The Howard Stern Show for a joint performance of “Nothing Else Matters”. Watch the video here.