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JAN
28
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Miley Cyrus to Perform With Madonna on 'MTV Unplugged'

The two pop singers will join forces for the special, which airs Wednesday.

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Miley Cyrus and Madonna

When Miley Cyrus' MTV Unplugged special airs on Wednesday night, she'll be accompanied by a familiar face: Madonna.

A source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the Material Girl will take the iconic Unplugged stage with the "Wrecking Ball" singer during the Tuesday night taping in Hollywood as one of the network's promised surprise guests.

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"The Unplugged stage has been home to some of the most iconic live performances of all time," said Amy Doyle, executive vp music and talent programming strategy for MTV, of the special. "Miley's vision for the performance is like nothing we've ever seen. I can say that this will easily be one of the most memorable Unplugged performances to date."

On a recent press call, Cyrus praised Madonna for her creative use of projected visuals on tour, noting that she looked to the performer's concerts for inspiration when strategizing her upcoming Bangerz tour. 

The singer also noted on the call that though her tour features a 90-minute set list that includes many of her Bangerz tracks, she said she would preserve the acoustic section of previous tours, which "can go for as long as I want," depending on the city and the audience.

Unplugged debuted in 1989 and has featured performances from artists like Nirvana, Jay Z, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Adele and Florence and the Machine.

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Jac Benson II, Joanna Bomberg, Doyle and Garrett English are executive producers. Alex Coletti will direct the special. Unplugged was created by Robert Small and Jim Burns.

E! Online first reported the team-up.

Cyrus' Unplugged concert airs Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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