The daughter of country music icon Billy Ray Cyrus is singer and actress Miley Cyrus. At a young age, she started performing, and in 2004, she was cast as the lead in the popular series Hannah Montana. After that, Cyrus continued to put out successful albums like Breakout (2008) and Can’t Be Tamed (2010) while gaining more and more notoriety for her outrageous antics. Her first U.S. No. 1 single, “Wrecking Ball,” was released in 2013 and had a contentious music video. Cyrus continued to be active in radio and spent two seasons coaching on The Voice.
Early Life and Career
Miley Cyrus is the daughter of 1990s country music artist Billy Ray Cyrus. Miley Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee. (She eventually adopted the moniker “Miley,” which she received as a baby for frequently grinning.) With two siblings and three half-siblings, Cyrus grew up on the family farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee. At an early age, she was fascinated about acting and made appearances in Tim Burton’s Big Fish (2003) and the television series Doc, which belonged to her father.
In 2004, Cyrus outperformed 1,000 other candidates to get the lead role of Miley Stewart on the popular Disney television series Hannah Montana. A young pop singer (Montana) disguises her celebrity status to appear in the tween series as an ordinary teen (Stewart).
The entire family relocated to Los Angeles, California, for the filming, and Billy Ray joined his daughter as her fictitious dad-manager. In 2006, Cyrus, whose reputation was rising, produced a popular Hannah Montana soundtrack CD.
The Best of Both Worlds Tour was introduced in 2007 as a result of Miley Cyrus’ double album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus. The concert series sold out in record time, and in order to appease the disappointed audience, the program was extended by 14 dates. During its first weekend in February 2008, her lucrative 3-D concert movie brought in $31.3 million.
Through the decade’s close, interest in Cyrus’ TV persona remained high.Hannah Montana: The Movie did well at the box office, earning over $79 million after its release in April 2009. With the end of Hannah Montana in early 2011, Cyrus said goodbye to the part.
Albums and Hit Songs
‘Breakout,’ ‘The Time of Our Lives,’ ‘Can’t Be Tamed’
Breakout, Cyrus’ second studio album, shot to the top of the mainstream album charts in 2008 and became a tremendous hit. The EP The Time of Our Lives, which featured the hit singles “Party in the U.S.A.” and “When I Look at You,” was released the following year. The former song became one of the singer’s most successful songs to date, selling more than 5.38 million copies and earning a spot among the best-selling singles of all time. Following that triumph, the rising artist dropped the 2010 album Can’t Be Tamed.
‘We Can’t Stop,’ ‘Wrecking Ball,’ ‘Bangerz’
By cutting her hair short and donning edgy outfits, Cyrus aimed to remove herself from her Hannah Montana identity. However, few anticipated just how far she would go: In August 2013, Cyrus wowed the crowd at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) with a racy performance of her hit, “We Can’t Stop.” Around this time, she made an unclothed appearance in the music video for the single that followed, “Wrecking Ball.” However, the ongoing debate appeared to help Cyrus’s fourth studio album, Bangerz, which was released in October 2013, sell better. In the meantime, “Wrecking Ball” became her first American single to reach the top of the pop charts and won her the 2014 VMA Award for Video of the Year.
‘Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz,’ ‘Younger Now’
After being chosen to host the 2015 VMAs, Cyrus wrapped up her performance that night by announcing the availability of a brand-new album. Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a break from her pop roots, wound through its 23 tracks exploring psychedelic themes. The album received mixed reviews, with some complimenting the artist’s ability to experiment while still maintaining radio-friendly songs. With the lead track “Malibu,” her follow-up album Younger Now (2017) showed a return to more traditional music.
‘She Is Coming’
The six-track EP She Is Coming, the first part of Cyrus’ upcoming seventh studio album, was released in May 2019. A few weeks later, the single “Mother’s Daughter” followed. Before collaborating with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey for “Don’t Call Me Angel,” off the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, Cyrus released “Slide Away” as a follow-up in August.
Film and TV
‘The Last Song,’ ‘LOL,’ ‘So Undercover’
In 2010, Cyrus participated in the romantic drama The Last Song, which was adapted from Nicholas Sparks’ book of the same name. Her coming-of-age drama LOL (2012) was targeted at tween audiences as well, but her attempt to take a tiny step outside the box with So Undercover (2012) as a private investigator resulted in a direct-to-video release in the US.
‘The Night Before,’ ‘A Very Murray Christmas,’ ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’
In 2015, Cyrus restarted her acting career by playing herself in two holiday comedies: Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s The Night Before and Bill Murray’s variety show A Very Murray Christmas. She joined forces with Woody Allen the next year to star in the Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes.
As a seasoned veteran of television, Cyrus once again put her hosting duties to the test as one of just two new female coaches on season 11 of The Voice, with Alicia Keys. Alongside seasoned mentors Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, the women competed to find the best artist. After the season ended, Cyrus departed, although he later returned for season 13 in 2017.
‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Bright Minded’
Following a minor, uncredited voice appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Cyrus garnered recognition for her performance as Ashley O, a pop singer, in the June 2019 season 5 premiere of the TV show Black Mirror. In order to assist the public in coping with the coronavirus outbreak, she started the interview program Bright Minded: Live with Miley on Instagram Live the following spring.
Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
In March 2018, it was announced that Jamaican singer-songwriter Michael May, who performs under the name Flourgon, had filed a lawsuit alleging that Cyrus’s 2013 hit “We Can’t Stop” was based on his 1988 song “We Run Things.”
According to the lawsuit, Cyrus had lifted the lyrics “We run things / Things don’t run we” from May’s “We run things / Things no run we,” and “significantly incorporated” his “vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection.”
Personal Life and Book
In 2008, Cyrus changed her name legally to Miley Ray Cyrus. She caused controversy the same year by appearing for intimate photographs taken by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz and published in Vanity Fair magazine. An “embarrassed” Cyrus responded to the criticism by apologizing to her supporters, but years later, she tweeted that she wasn’t sorry at all and used a four-letter term to emphasize her point.
With the release of her autobiography Miles to Go in 2009, Cyrus gave readers a glimpse inside her life. The book included never-before-seen pictures, stories about her family, and “a look at her inner circle of loved ones.” Around this time, Cyrus expressed her excitement for the book in a statement, saying, “I am so happy to let readers in on how vital my relationship with my family is to me. I want to inspire kids all across the world to pursue their aspirations and encourage mothers and daughters to create enduring experiences together.
Relationships and Marriage to Liam Hemsworth
In 2007, Cyrus, who has garnered attention for her love life, had a brief relationship with Nick Jonas of the band the Jonas Brothers. Along with other famous people, she shared romantic ties with models Justin Gaston and Carter Jenkins.
After three years of dating, Cyrus made her engagement to actor and Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth official in June 2012. The couple split up in September 2013, and even though they later got back together and wed on December 23, 2018, they did so again the following summer.