#Graduation2020: Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb’ a hit with viewers after frustrating delay and access issues
Facebook and Instagram's #Graduation2020 did not take off as intended as the event itself began later than planned. Online users who had planned on tuning in also lost interest after many faced problems accessing the streaming link on Facebook Watch leaving not much interest in the live stream except for pop singer Miley Cyrus' performance of her popular track 'The Climb'.
Before beginning her performance, Cyrus said, "Hello to all the graduates out there. I'm truly honored to celebrate each and every one of you high school and college seniors and all that you've accomplished. As I was thinking about you, the class of 2020, and how you inspire me, I knew I wanted to share this song with you. It feels full of a new meaning. Keep the faith, keep on moving, keep climbing, here's ‘The Climb'."
One Twitter user wrote, "I’m just freaking out, her voice is more powerful than ever before." Another Cyrus fan observed, "Her ease on notes reminds me 2010 but there is still a raspy side of her voice." Many others also showered love for the singer on social media.
Other than Cyrus, the Facebook Watch event also saw Oprah Winfrey give the commencement speech with congratulations messages pouring in from many celebrities including Cardi B, Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Jackman, Nick Kroll, John Mayer, Simone Biles and Jennifer Garner among others. The digital event was hosted by Mindy Kaling.
Selena Gomez also wished the Class of 2020 and said, "I want to say it's OK not to know what to do with the rest of your life. It's a journey to find your direction or your passions, so don't get frustrated by the mistakes and setbacks as they happen to all of us."
Winfrey in her opening speech also shared kind words to students about it not being as grand a graduation day as their predecessors had. She shared, "Even though there may not be pomp because of our circumstances, never has a graduating class been called to step into the future with more purpose, vision, passion and energy, and hope. Your graduation ceremony is taking place with so many luminaries celebrating you on the world's Facebook stage, and I'm just honored to join them and salute you."