Miley Cyrus channeled the '80s with her electric Super Bowl performance and bedazzled football-inspired looks

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Miley Cyrus performed before the 2021 Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida, for NFL's TikTok Tailgate. @NFL/TikTok
  • Miley Cyrus performed live in Tampa, Florida, for NFL's TikTok Tailgate ahead of Super Bowl LV.

  • Cyrus wore two pink-and-black football-inspired outfits covered in sequins.

  • She was joined by '80s music stars, including Billy Idol and Joan Jett.

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Ahead of Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs, Miley Cyrus performed live in Tampa, Florida, for NFL's TikTok Tailgate.

Cyrus entered the stage to a remix of the 1981 song "Mickey" by Toni Basil - but instead of "Hey Mickey," the lyrics were "Hey Miley."

The singer performed a number of songs from her latest album, "Plastic Hearts," which she released in 2020, including her single under the same name; as well as a solo version of her remix with Stevie Nicks, "Midnight Sky."

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Cyrus wore not one, but two bedazzled outfits inspired by the big game

Between songs, Cyrus told the in-person concert attendees, who were a group of Tampa-based frontline workers, of her outfit: "It's not costume. It's custom."

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Miley Cyrus performed for NFL's TikTok Tailgate ahead of the 2021 Super Bowl. @NFL/TikTok

Cyrus matched her colorful, collaged set backdrop and "Plastic Hearts" album cover with her pink-and-black outfits. She arrived on stage in a two-piece cheerleader-inspired ensemble, which included a sequin-lined skirt and halter top printed with the letters "FTW."

She also wore bedazzled knee pads and carried coordinating pom-poms.

In the days leading up to her pre-Super Bowl performance, Cyrus shared a sneak peek of her cheerleading-inspired look on Instagram.

For the second half of her performance, Cyrus changed into a football jersey-inspired top covered in sequins and printed with the number 25. Her calf-length pants had a matching pink-and-black strip along the side, and she completed the look with silver heels.

Fans applauded Cyrus' performance, as well as her spin on football attire.

Her performance included cameos from '80s music stars like Billy Idol and Joan Jett

Cyrus welcomed a number of '80s music icons on stage.

Billy Idol joined Cyrus, and the two performed his 1982 song "White Wedding," as well as their duet on Cyrus' new album, "Night Crawling."

Rock singer Joan Jett later performed her '80s hit "Bad Reputation" with Cyrus.

Cyrus also performed a solo version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and called Parton her "fairy godmother."

"If you can't tell that we're related, rhinestones run in the family," Cyrus said during the concert.

Cyrus performed some of her older hits as well, including "We Can't Stop," "Wrecking Ball," "The Climb," and "Party in the U.S.A.," and even made a nod to her Disney Channel persona.

" Hannah Montana's not here, but I'll check in the back and see if we can get her," Cyrus said between songs.

Cyrus said that she wanted her performance to be a "thank you" to frontline workers amid the ongoing pandemic. She also wanted the show to be an homage to female music icons who she says have inspired her - including Parton and Jett.

"When folks think of football weekend, they don't always think of strong women, but after this, I think they will," Cyrus said.

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