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To Pay Tribute To George Clooney, Miley Cyrus Performed A Song From One Of His Films

"I love every rotten one of you."

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Earlier this summer, guests gathered to watch George Clooney receive the American Film Institute's 46th AFI Life Achievement Award — America's highest honor for a career in film.

Amal Clooney, for example, honored her husband with an emotional speech, and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel presented a hilarious roast. Other speakers included Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Cate Blanchett, and Billy Murray, who actually sang to Clooney on stage and recited a poem. 

Additionally, Miley Cyrus performed "Man of Constant Sorrow," a classic blues song Clooney himself sang in the 2000 film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The film, set in the 1930s, centers around three escapees from a Mississippi prison chain gang trying to get to their homes while being pursued by the law. Clooney plays one of the escapees: Ulysses Everett McGill. 

Cyrus sang the tune backed by a band featuring of a violinist, a fiddle player, and a banjo player, among others. In footage from the performance, viewers can see Clooney smiling and moving to the music as Cyrus showcases her vocals. 

Finally, while accepting his award, Clooney said: "I want to thank everyone who came out tonight to say such incredibly nice things about me — I love every rotten one of you."

And while the whole event went down back in June, we think Cyrus's performance is one worth noting all year round. 

You can check it all out in the video below:

Cover image: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Turner

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