Sufjan Stevens Critiques Miley Cyrus's Grammar, But What Else Did the 'Bangerz' Singer Get Wrong?


For some weird reason, it seems like today is the day for surprising celebrity letters. While Sir Anthony Hopkins was expressing his love for  Breaking Bad in a letter to Bryan Cranston, singer Sufjan Stevens wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus critiquing her grammar on Bangerz. "Dear Miley," it reads. "I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time."

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Well, then. It's not known whether Stevens really has an issue with Cyrus' mastery of the English language or is just jealous of Sinead O'Connor, but regardless of the reason, the letter is pretty great. It got us thinking, though; if there are so many grammar issues just in "Get it Right," what other mistakes did Cyrus make on Bangerz?

It turns out, not too many. Surprisingly, despite Cyrus' love for creating words of of the blue (seriously, "bangerz" is not going to happen), most of the album is actually relatively correct, grammatically speaking. The few mistakes that do happen are relegated mostly to one song, the album's biggest hit, "We Can't Stop." Between "we don't take nothing from nobody" and "shaking it like we at a strip club," the track is full of missing helping verbs and misused words.

Like Sufjan, though, we feel a need to connect Cyrus' other few mistakes, such as:

"My Darlin"

Miley lyric: 'Cause we gon' make a movie, a movie, and it's gon' be in 3D, in 3D"

"Fixed" lyric: "Because we are going to make a movie, and it is going to be in 3-D"

"Love Money Party"

Miley lyric: "I done been through the fire, I done been the girl on the side, imma leave it all on the line"

"Fixed" lyric: "I have been through the fire. I have been the girl on the side. I will leave it all on the line"

"Do My Thang"

Miley lyric: "We tear the roof up now we up out of here"

"Fixed" lyric: "We are tearing the roof up now, and we are up and out of here"


Miley lyric: "We done been there, we done been back, you ain't with it, could've said that, why you tripping"

"Fixed" lyric: We have been there. We have been back. You aren't with it. You could've said that. Why are you tripping?"

Still, it's easy to see that many of Cyrus' grammatical errors are there for a reason. A lot of those lines wouldn't sound nearly as good worded differently, and the occasional "I done" or "we at" makes a big impact. So, Miley, you win this round of open letter. Just make sure that when you respond to Sufjan, everything's grammatically correct; nothing looks worse than proving your critic's point with an accidental "ain't."