Introduction and Early Life:
Miley Cyrus is an American singer-songwriter and actress who emerged as one of the most prominent teen pop stars of her generation after appearing as the lead of the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. Ranked at number 13 on Forbes Magazine’s Celebrity 100 in 2013, she has sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Known for her “wild child” image, Cyrus gained press notoriety for her infamously raunchy performances and relationship troubles.
Born “Destiny Hope Cyrus” in Franklin, Tennessee in 1992 to renowned country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, she was raised Christian and attended Heritage Elementary School. Cyrus wanted to be an actress from her childhood and she expressed her ambitions to her father when he took her to watch Mamma Mia! at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in 2001. She started her acting career as a girl named “Kylie” on medical drama television series Doc, and later rose to prominence as a teen pop star on Hannah Montana, a hugely popular musical comedy series on Disney Channel about a girl who leads a double life.
Career and Musical Achievements:
While Hannah Montana and its 2006 soundtrack album turned the 13-year-old Miley Cyrus into a bona fide star, she rose to worldwide prominence with the release of her debut studio album, Meet Miley Cyrus, in 2007. The quadruple-platinum selling album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and spawned hit singles such as “See You Again” and “Start All Over”.
The end of that year saw Cyrus embarking on a highly successful national concert tour called the Best of Both Worlds Tour. Two concerts from the tour were filmed and presented as a 3-D movie, which raked in more than $30 million nationwide in its opening weekend, despite having been released only on a limited screen count.
Cyrus released her second album, Breakout, in 2008. The album garnered generally favorable reviews and went on to sell more than 3 million copies worldwide. In 2009, she starred in the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie which grossed $155.5 million worldwide.
Her 2009 EP The Time of Our Lives and fourth studio album Bangerz (2013) were also big commercial successes. The latter featured “Wrecking Ball”, which became the first number-one hit for Cyrus on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Awards and Accolades:
Miley Cyrus has won numerous awards and accolades in her career; including 4 World Music Awards, 17 Teen Choice Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, among others.
The personal life of Miley Cyrus has been the subject of extensive media attention. She gained press notoriety for her relationship troubles, controversial pictures, and crude dance performances. Cyrus is also an active advocate of LGBT rights and marijuana legalization.