Cyrus sings lead vocals for the performance while Ronson accompanies her on acoustic guitar. The pair is backed by a sparse string section that delivers a lush sound at just the right moments to underscore the emotional points in the song.
The “Malibu” songstress packs a ton of vocal power in the chorus as she sings, “Right now, I’m in a state of mind/I wanna be in like all the time” before dialing it down for a soft follow up with “Ain’t got no tears left to cry/So I’m pickin’ it up, pickin’ it up/I’m lovin’, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up.”
Both Cyrus and Grande have sweeping, powerful vocal sensibilities. Cyrus swings slightly toward a pop-country sound, while Grande leans toward pop/R &B. Cyrus and Ronson’s version of the song is most definitely their own. “No Tears Left to Cry” is the lead single from Grande’s Grammy-nominated album, Sweetener. The song, which focuses on picking up the pieces after the loss, arguably carries great meaning for Grande and Cyrus. It was the first track Grande released following the bombing at her Manchester Arena concert last year. And, Cyrus is still recovering from losing her home in the raging Malibu wildfires this year.
Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson also performed their new single “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” during their Live Lounge visit. They also performed it on “Saturday Night Live,” along with their Sean Ono Lennon collab, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” cover. The video for the latter track dropped just ahead of Christmas weekend.
Watch Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s “No Tears Left to Cry” cover above and their “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” performance below. Stay tuned to AXS for Miley Cyrus updates.