The footage of Cyrus lying in a field, chilling backstage and belting the tearjerker in front of a crowd was filmed on Feb. 7, when Miley performed at the first major COVID-19-compliant live show since the start of the pandemic last March, according to a release from Columbia. The video includes shots of the audience, which was made up of fully vaccinated, mask-wearing healthcare workers and other frontline workers, and it ends with a special video message from the singer.
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"The audience here is fully vaccinated health care workers who have been fearlessly + tirelessly fighting COVID-19," reads the handwritten note that pops up at the end of the clip. "We all look forward to being together again + this can happen sooner than we may have thought with vaccines becoming more available. Each of us can help stop the pandemic by being vaccinated. Together we can make the experience of live music a reality again."
During her roughly 90-minute pre-game concert -- which included surprise appearances by Billy Idol and Joan Jett -- Cyrus repeatedly thanked health care and frontline workers in the audience and watching at home for all they had done during the global pandemic. "All of us have a purpose," she said at one point. " My purpose is to sing on stage ... but my purpose can never be achieved without you -- you are essential."
Cyrus recently signed a new recording deal with Columbia Records after a three-album run on RCA Records; both labels are owned by Sony Music. A source close to the matter told Billboard that the signing came after Columbia chairman/CEO Ron Perry personally courted Cyrus, who released her well-received seventh studio album, Plastic Hearts, on RCA in November.