"I Wear My Heart on My Sleeve" - Miley Cyrus Gets Emotional During 'Wrecking Ball' Pre-Super Bowl Performance

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Miley Cyrus rocked the stage at her pre-Super Bowl performance with Joan Jett and Billy Idol. When it came time to perform her classic Wrecking Ball, things took an emotional turn. Read on for the details.

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The Midnight Sky singer brought old school rock 'n' roll to the pre-Super Bowl stage as she performed for thousands of frontline workers during the TikTok Tailgate. Cyrus kicked off the show in a leather cheerleader uniform and later changed into a glittery football jersey.

The evening's setlist did not disappoint. The former Disney Channel star began with a cover of Toni Basil's Mickey, adorably changing the lyrics to "Miley." She then performed one of her latest hits, Prisoner, and a cover of Heart of Glass. The legendary Joan Jett joined the singer to perform Bad Reputation, Bad Karma, and I Hate Myself for Loving You. Icon Billy Idol also made an appearance for a duet of Miley's Night Crawling and his song White Wedding.

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Cyrus sang a few covers of the rock band Nine Inch Nails, Dolly Parton's Jolene, and various songs from her latest album. She then blessed the audience with some oldies, including We Can't Stop and Party in the U.S.A. When it came time for Wrecking Ball, Miley's voice began to crack as she sang the lines, "I never meant to start a war, I just wanted you to let me in."

As she started to get emotional, Cyrus paused and remarked to the audience, "It never gets easier." The next line was the breaking point for the starlet. After singing, "Don't you ever think, I just walked away, I will always want you," Miley had to pause to compose herself before completing the song.

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The Hollywood icon finished the rest of the track strong, hitting impressive notes with her raspy voice. "I wear a lot of glitter, and I wear a lot of armor, but I also wear my heart on my sleeve, and it gets broken a lot," the Prisoner singer said to the audience afterward. The song is suspected to be about her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth. The pair was together off-and-on since Miley was 16. In early December, the starlet said she "always will" love Liam. (We're not crying, you're crying).