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help others. it makes you wonder how you would react if you were in their shoes. thanks for watching. >> thank you so much for joining >> thank you so much for joining us. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com what started out innocently with teddy bears became anything but at the vma awards in september. a performance that had tongues wagging. >> it became that moment of a singer/song writer/entertainer finding that special moment. >> i thought it was sloppy and i didn't think it was professional enough for her. she has to go back to the drawing board. >> about a woman who most of america knew as wholesome
hannah, a disney character living a double life. but, if her recent appearances made anything clear, it's that miley isn't montana anymore. >> i can give you an update on what she's been up to. she was murdered. >> now, the life of miley. it was 1994, the first time the world met little miley cyrus, just 2 years old on a country music interview show. she was already a showstopper. >> do your eyes, miley. do your eyes. very talented child. >> perhaps a sign of things to come. >> this is very dangerous. you are teaching her to flirt at a very early age. you are going to be in big trouble when she's 12 or 13. >> you could see that twinkle in her eye. that little, like, i'm going to do something with myself. >> shirley is the music editor
of the hollywood reporter. she followed miley's career from the beginning. >> even when she's mischievous, there's a look in her eye, i see. it's kind of like okay, miley, what are you doing next. >> when ever the camera was on, she was on. you could also see that from a very early age. >> i got the sense she was calculated but in a good way. >> calculated and destined for big things. not entirely surprising for a little girl who was originally named destiny hope cyrus. >> i gave her the name before she was born because i thought it was her destiny to bring hope to the world. i think, this is her purpose. her path, you know, i think she's a natural born singer/song writer/entertainer. >> it didn't hurt that her father was a hit maker. ♪ don't tell my heart >> the fact he had one big hit
with "achy breaky heart" puts him in a level where he had access to, you know, musicians and producers and record company people that she probably would not have met were it not for her father. >> what could be better than having a famous father? having a music legend like dolly partner for a god mother. later in life, miley recorded her classic "joleen." >> i think looking to dolly, looking to the sort of eccentric showmanship of a dolly parton helped find her own stuff. >> she was just a toddler back in 1993 when she was on the stage with many of music's biggest names. >> doing a tribute to elvis presley at the pyramid in memphis, tennessee. she broke away from the nanny. she waddled out and came out on
stage with some of the biggest stars in the world and she just kind of became one with every singer. everybody was holding her. she had her hands up and she was singing. the last guy to hold her at the end of the song was tony bennett. he came, as the song ended and said you have a special little girl here. >> yet, despite being surrounded by fame, miley had a normal childhood. raised a southern baptist, hope was the small town of thompson station, tennessee on a farm. >> i loved being outside. we would build fires on top of the hill and set out and look at the stars and roast marshmallows and weiners. i was good at those type of things with my kids. i wasn't good setting them down
saying let's do your algebra now. >> he was good at watching out for his little girl who as a toddler had her eyes on bigger things. producer, steve peterson. >> they were doing something. miley was 2 1/2, maybe. they are on a barn and miley was standing on a landing. billy said be careful, honey. she put her hands on her hips and said i'm not afraid of anything. that's 2 1/2. >> fearless and bold. two traits that continued to define her as she grew up, went to school and became a cheerleader. >> she went to a private evangelical school, christian school for a year. >> rolling stone editor josh had rare access to miley. she was asked to leave after a year. she has a couple different versions of why. i'm not sure which is the one. one version she told the class what french kissing was.
another version her teacher was an older woman who got around on a motorized scooter and miley stole it and was cruising around the classroom on the scooter. whatever the case was, it was not the perfect fit. >> what was a great fit for miley? ♪ >> music. >> miley was a good student. she worked hard and she didn't fight your advice. >> renee williams was miley's voice teacher when she was 12. >> she has an ingenuous way of getting what she wanted by being charming and lovely and enthusiastic and willing to take the burden of work on as well. >> by 2001, what miley wanted became crystal clear when they left for toronto, where billy ray was filming, "doc." >> she said can they write something in for me?
they wrote in one episode. by that time, she said can they write me in next week and the next week? a few weeks after that, we saw ""mamma mia!" in toronto and i'll never forget it. it was that combination of acting and the performance on stage of the singers and she said that's what i want to do. ♪ >> i'm going to be a great actress and singer/song writer. >> miley went for it. >> i'm miley cyrus and auditioning for the role of hannah montana. >> she auditioned for the role of a lifetime. >> you could see the sort of long range plan when you look at her hannah montana audition. you can see she knew exactly what she was doing. she knew what the world required and knew that the world would be a steppingstone to other things.
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you know, like -- >> she read for us and she read for us over and over again. she would do some lines fabulously, wonderfully and miss other lines by a mile. >> oh my gosh, i know, i'm an idiot. >> but i couldn't take my eyes off her. >> two years later, producers still weren't convinced. they gave miley one last shot. >> know that, you know, this is your final audition. >> only my very best friends know. >> it ultimately came down to miley and one other girl. with miley, there was something about her that was so aloft and so fearless and all of us finally agreed to take the chance. >> at 13, miley cyrus became hannah montana. >> bugger check. >> you are so gross. >> with living her dream.
♪ i'm a lucky girl whose dreams came true." >> she was a perfect fit. a schoolgirl with a secret double life as a teen pop start. >> alert, 19 seconds. >> she's your best friend. sooner or later you have to tell her you are hannah montana. >> that's one of the things that connected about hannah montana was the realism that, well, wait a minute, this is our imitating life, imitating art. >> miley auditioned her own dad for the part of her tv dad. >> get ready, get set, don't go. >> one of the episodes called "ready, set, don't go." i wrote that as miley left for california. no daddy wants to see their little girl grow up.
the series was picked up. i knew her life and our lives as a family was going to change. >> the show and miley were a smash. hannah montana became one of the highest rated tv series. miley shot up to teen idol status. >> i think you could see the sort of long range plan when you look add her hannah montana audition. you can see she knew exactly what she was doing. she knew that the role welcome back a steppingstone to other things, merchandise, tv, music. she was the first to embrace all of these things. >> in 2007, she released hannah montana 2, meet miley cyrus. they debuted under her real name. the second album went platinum. in 2008, a hit that miley was feeling the pressure of being
one of the biggest teen stars on the planet. >> i feel like the media is like a mother. it's like trying to, you know, let the young one go and let them grow up. they are having a hard time with that. >> miley's next conquest, a film career. she landed a part in "high school musical 2," then the voice of penny in "bolt". >> bolt is lost. he could be anywhere right now. >> in 2009, miley brought her tv character to life on the big screen. in hannah montana, the movie. >> like it says, it's all about the publicity. >> $31 million in the opening weekend. it cemented her as more than a singer. more than an actress. she was an all around performer. >> and she was white hot but
disney's billion dollar baby would soon get a taste of controversy. it started with a provocative vanity fair photo shoot. 15-year-old miley, barely dressed, no longer the girl next door. then miley shocked fans when she spiked up her performance by pole dancing to "party in the usa." the video went viral and parents posted it. >> her fans and their parents were like, whoa! this isn't the hannah montana we know. >> we couldn't do much about that. ip it's the fearlessness, the sense of spontaneity and what she's going to do now. she's going to, at times, make mistakes.
>> but miley was unfazed. >> i think the media tries to overdo it. it's really no one else's business how my parents raised me or how i'm being raised. >> yet, even her parents were concerned when a video surfaced of miley taking a bong hit. >> okay, i'm going to lose it now. >> i was alarmed for my daughter's safety. >> miley down played the video saying it wasn't pot she was smoking and apologized for the vanity fair spread. her image was changing. her 2010 album and single said it all. ♪ >> just look at the album title, "cant be tamed." she put it out there. we saw it play out in front of our eyes, this person breaking loose of the disney character. >> in 2011, the split became official when miley quit the show that made her a global phenomena. hannah montana was no more. coming up -- >> you were down there and i
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i am going to jump all for the love of rolling stone magazine. >> two years after "hannah montana" ended, 20-year-old miley cyrus is on the edge. she's sky diving with josh eells of rolling stone magazine. extreme, unafraid, and ready for reinvention. this is the new miley cyrus. >> what a landing! >> we were both kind of terrified i think. it was a situation where neither of us really wanted to back down. i think she just likes doing -- she liked pushing the envelope. >> when you make that break, it has to be a break. you can't leave one foot in the preteen, between world. miley moved out of her parents' house and in with her boyfriend, ly liam.
pop album and started distancing herself from her wholesome, "hannah montana" image. >> she got a new label and new management. she felt like she needed a change because not that they were going to hold her back but just that they might be sort of scared of the way she was going to go. >> and miley was going to go for big risk. with her first single "we can't stop" she released a video full of sex, drugs, and in her words -- >> that was the first glimpse into the post "hannah montana" miley cyrus, and we saw a woman with white shaved hair rolling around in a bed, playing with plush toys. >> derrick blasberg interviewed her for harper's bazaar. >> she knew it was a make or break with the record label. she was like give me a chance to do my vision, and it goes belly up, i'll do whatever you want.
she risked it all and it worked, breaking records, going viral, and reaching over 10 million views within 24 hours of its release. now miley could do exactly what she wanted to and what she wanted was a memorable performance at the mtv video music awards where millions of americans would get their first look at the new miley. >> she was a little nervous. this was the big roll out of this is who i am going to be now. >> on stage with robin thicke, she stripped down to nothing but nude underwear, grinding with a giant phone finger, and she twerked. >> she twerked her way into history, must be said. i was sitting next to lady gaga's mom, and i turned around to see what those around me were doing and everyone had the same
expression on their faces, like are you seeing what i am seeing? >> it was hot, but was it a mess? her critics thought so. even brooke shields, her mother on "hannah montana" told the "today" show. >> i feel it is a bit desperate. i sort of want to know who's advising her and why it's necessary. >> then there were the more than 150 fcc complaints. >> some were humorous. some said it was like watching a brothel, other people complained about child pornography, which you know, she's 20 years old. >> miley's reaction? >> she laughed the whole thing off, it didn't seem to phase her. she knew it was going to get a reaction, that's part of why she did it. but everyone is talking about her. >> and miley was quick to point that out, tweeting my vma performance has 306,000 tweets per minute, more than the blackout or super bowl. and she said exactly what she thought in her mtv documentary
"the movement." >> it is a strategic hot mess. right now i am at a point in my career where i can be exactly who i want to be, just go for what you want to do. >> the controversy only fueled her confidence. in her next video, miley was sometimes naked while riding a wrecking ball and licking a sledgehammer. and this time she wanted to show something different. her vulnerability. ♪ yeah you you wreck me >> two-thirds of the way through the song when the bridge hits and you really, you know, you see her shed a tear. >> a tear over a tortured romance, rumored to be out her fiance. >> i think she wants to show the more sensitive side and not just the party girl side, too. >> soon after its release, "wrecking ball" became the
number one song in the country. miley and liam announced they were breaking up for good. and snl invited her to host the show. >> who are you? >> what do you mean? i'm old you. >> on everyone's mind, what would the wild child do next. but surprisingly, miley was pretty tame. there was no nudity, no twerking and no apologies for the vmas. >> if i owe anybody an apology, it is the people that make the bottom half of shirts. ♪ we run things things don't run we ♪ >> the mild mannered performance kept the focus on the music. >> she's showing the different sides of miley cyrus, the performer. and the one thing you can't deny, even going back to "hannah montana," she has a good voice, she knows how to sing, and wrecking ball just puts it out there.
♪ i came in like a wrecking ball i never hit so hard in love ♪ >> i'm going to list some words that some people have used to describe her. disaster. definitely not. very calculated, very self-aware. >> gifted. >> yes, definitely gifted. has talent. >> fearless. >> very fearless. >> and finally genius. >> oh, i don't know about that. let's not go crazy. >> the new miley is in control. i think she's really smart and knows what she wants to do with her career next. >> and what she does next she told mtv will be unforgetting. >> every time i do something i want to remember this is what separates me from everybody else. i do get overwhelmed when i am going to perform because everything has to be perfect, everything is so huge, everything has to be a moment.
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