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Miley Cyrus Pays Tribute To The 'SNL 40' Legacy With A Haunting Surprise Performance

She covered Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover."

After a brief appearance in the opening monologue of "SNL 40," Miley Cyrus brought the house down towards the end of the night with a soulful, country-inflected cover of Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover."

The song didn't just feature Miley on vocals, though -- and they were gorgeous, highlighting Miley's highly underrated, excellently husky singing voice. It also had former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Fred Armisen on tambourine... And the entire band, and crowd, singing along.

For those of you more aware of the "Wrecking Ball" singer than Simon, it was a lovely tribute: Cyrus is one of the few guests to both host and perform on the show, and Paul Simon did the same. The only difference, Simon first pulled double-duty on the second ever episode of the show, on October 18, 1975.

So in a way, Miley wasn't just paying tribute to a musical legend, she was also -- and appropriately, for the 40th anniversary special -- bringing that legacy full circle.

Now let's have Paul Simon cover "Wrecking Ball" in the nude.