During her appearance, she performed her song “We Can’t Stop;” stripped down to a two-piece, skin-color outfit; grabbed Robin Thicke’s groin; and twerked against his crotch. Some people called Cyrus’ performance disgusting while others said it was another step in her maturation process. Regardless, Cyrus stole the show. Her performance became the most tweeted about event in the history of Twitter.
Will Cyrus ever be known for something else besides her raunchy performance at the 2013 VMA? If her music career keeps progressing like it has been then she’ll definitely make people forget that she twerked a grown man on national television. Before Cyrus turned 21, she had posted six number albums and nine top ten hits. She had collected Miley Cyrus tickets all over the world and her concert film, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, earned more than $70 million at the box office. Besides her successful recording career, she also had her own television show and had starring roles in several films. If that’s what she accomplished before turning 21 imagine what she’ll do by the time she turns 25 to 30 to 40?
Born on Nov. 23, 1993, Cyrus is the daughter of country music star, Billy Ray Cyrus. “Miley” is actually a nickname. It’s a shorten version of “smiley” (she grinned a lot as a baby). She legally changed her middle name to “Ray” not to mimic her father but to honor her beloved grandfather. Miley’s godmother is Dolly Parton.
Cyrus got her start in 2006 when she landed the lead role in the Disney sitcom Hannah Montana, a sitcom about a young girl who lives a double life as pop star. The show and its music were incredibly popular and established Cyrus as a teen star. Hannah Montana aired from 2006 to 2011.
Even before Hannah Montana went off the air, Cyrus started moving away from the teen star image. Her maturation process was moved along by her fourth studio album, Bangerz, and risqué music videos to her singles “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball.” She left her Disney image behind for good after the aforementioned MTV VMA appearance. Three months later she appeared on the European MTV Awards where she smoked a marijuana joint. The ceremony was held in Amsterdam where marijuana is legal.