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Miley Cyrus planned on performing a song from her new album, “Younger Now,” for her Oct. 2 appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

But plans changed.

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The pop superstar revealed on Twitter that she’d instead be singing her 2009 hit “The Climb” as a way to bring hope back into the lives of the victims involved in the tragic Las Vegas shooting.

“In honor of the lives lost, injured and affected by the tragic shooting in Vegas, @fallontonight and I dedicated this show to not only mourning this horrific event, but using this platform to encourage unity, peace and hopefulness,” she tweeted.


“So we started this week off with a song I haven’t performed in years. #TheClimb,” she added. “These words mean more now to me than ever.”

Miley’s performance of “The Climb” couldn’t have been more powerful. The 24-year-old singer, who will continue her run of “Miley Week” on “The Tonight Show” this week, offered some light for Americans during a time of darkness. She stood onstage in a sun-colored gown and belted out the words: “The struggles I’m facing / The chances I’m taking / Sometimes might knock me down / But no, I’m not breaking / I may not know it / But these are the moments that / I’m gonna remember most, yeah / Just gotta keep going.”

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That wasn’t the only message Miley shared though. Earlier in the program, she performed a powerful rendition of Dido’s “No Freedom” with Adam Sandler. The song shares a message that there is “no love without freedom” and “no freedom without love.”

As previously reported, 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured after armed gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. He aimed his weapon at concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. Our prayers continue to go out to the families and victims of this horrific tragedy.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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