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The One and Only Miley Cyrus: A Career Retrospective

Full Name Miley Ray Cyrus
Age 30
Birthday November 23, 1992
Birth Place Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Height 5′ 5′′ (1.65 m)
Net Worth $160 million
Social Media Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | YouTube

As one of her biggest fans, I‘ve been enthralled by Miley Cyrus‘ career from her Disney Channel days to her current status as a pop culture icon. At just 30 years old, her accomplishments are beyond impressive – from TV and film acting to recording 13 top five Billboard albums and establishing herself as one of the most talented performers of her generation.

Her Humble Beginnings in Nashville

Born Destiny Hope Cyrus in 1992, the woman we know as Miley hails from Nashville, Tennessee. Her father is country star Billy Ray Cyrus, so she grew up surrounded by music and performance. While shy as a young girl, Miley eventually found her confidence and love of the spotlight. She legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus at age 15.

By age 12, Miley had landed the role of a lifetime as the lead on Disney‘s hit series Hannah Montana. For four seasons, she portrayed average teenager Miley Stewart by day and fabulous pop star Hannah Montana by night. The show, and Miley, became a massive pop culture phenomenon bringing her worldwide recognition.

Dominating the 2000s Music Scene

Miley‘s musical gifts were clear early on. She recorded her first album, Meet Miley Cyrus, concurrently with the second season of Hannah Montana in 2007. It was a commercial smash and launched Miley firmly into the pop stratosphere.

I still remember her 2008 hit "7 Things" playing constantly on the radio when I was in middle school! Miley quickly became the pop idol for teens and tweens in the late 2000s. She released multiple chart-topping albums and embarked on sold-out concert tours where she performed as both Miley and Hannah.

Some of Miley‘s most iconic songs from her early career include:

  • "See You Again"
  • "The Climb"
  • "Party in the U.S.A."
  • "Can‘t Be Tamed"

She was often controversial – like when she posed for Vanity Fair at age 15 – but always made headlines and pushed boundaries.

Shedding Her Disney Image

After Hannah Montana ended in 2011, 18-year-old Miley began seriously pursuing more mature music and acting projects to transition into adulthood. I distinctly remember her drastic haircut and edgier style as she promoted her album Bangerz in 2013.

Bangerz was a critical and commercial success, powered by hits like "We Can‘t Stop" and "Wrecking Ball." The latter song‘s music video, featuring a nude Miley provocatively swinging on a wrecking ball, was shocking at the time but brilliantly executed. It announced that Miley had broken free from her Disney past.

Recent Years: Miley Continues to Reinvent Herself

Now firmly grown up, Miley has continued releasing experimental, envelope-pushing music over the last decade. She‘s also prioritized activism and philanthropy work, including founding the Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless and LGBTQ youth.

Some career highlights from the 2010s and beyond include:

  • Coach on The Voice (2016-present)
  • Starring role in Woody Allen‘s Crisis in Six Scenes (2016)
  • Soulful album Younger Now (2017)
  • Marriage to Liam Hemsworth (2018-2020)
  • Rock album Plastic Hearts (2020)
  • Epic live performance of "Heart of Glass" at the 2020 iHeart Festival
  • Guest starring on hit series Black Mirror (2019)

Most recently, Miley has been teasing a new era of music coming in 2023. I can‘t wait to see what she releases next! No matter what, I know it will be bold, unconventional, and distinctly Miley.

Why Miley Cyrus Is an Icon

As a fan from the very beginning, I‘ve loved watching Miley grow as an artist and performer over the years. She has shown resilience and adaptability unmatched by many child stars before her.

While she has certainly courted controversy at times, Miley has always stayed true to herself. She is willing to take risks and speak out passionately on issues she cares about. And of course, her powerhouse vocals continue to impress me with every new album.

Miley Cyrus embodies what it means to be a pop culture icon. She reinvents herself again and again, while still retaining the unique spirit her fans love. At just 30 years old, it‘s clear that Miley still has so much left to share with the world. I can‘t wait to see what she‘ll do in the decades to come!