From Disney teen star to a major force in the music industry, there's no question that Miley Cyrus' career has transformed tremendously. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the premiere of "Hannah Montana" — the show that made Miley a household name — we are taking a look at the actress-singer's career transformation. Keep reading for more!
Miley Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus on Nov. 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Finley. She later legally changed her name to Miley — a moniker derived from her childhood nickname, "Smiley."
Cyrus earned her first on-screen credit when she appeared on her dad's show, "Doc," as a child. Her breakout role came when she was 11 as she originated the titular role on the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana." In no time, the series became one of the network's most popular shows ever, and Miley was well on her way to becoming a teen star.
In 2007, Miley Cyrus inked a four-album deal with Hollywood Records. That same year, she released the two-disc album "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus." Since its release, the album has sold upwards of 3 million copies!
In 2009, Miley Cyrus released the very successful single "Party in the U.S.A." In addition to peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the track was the seventh bestselling digital single in the United States that year and went seven-times platinum.
Love is in the air!
2009 marked the year in which Miley Cyrus began dating Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, whom she met while filming the romantic drama "The Last Song." Yet they briefly called it quits before reportedly rekindling their romance in September 2010.
In May 2012, a 22-year-old Liam Hemsworth proposed to a 19-year-old Miley Cyrus after three years of dating.
In August 2013, Miley Cyrus — who'd cut her trademark long locks super-short at this point — hit the stage alongside Robin Thicke during the MTV Video Music Awards.
The performance marked a drastic departure from her days as a Disney star. During the performance, which marked a major moment in pop culture, audiences saw Miley twerking in a skin-colored bikini.
Just a few weeks after her infamous 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance, news broke that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had called it quits.
In September 2013, Miley released her controversial fourth studio album, "Bangerz," which marked a stark musical departure from her earlier sound.
In 2015, Miley Cyrus released her fifth studio album, "Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz."
Miley Cyrus joined the cast of NBC's "The Voice" in 2016 as an adviser and went on to become a full-time coach on the show's 11th season.
In 2017, Miley Cyrus released the lead single from her sixth studio album, "Younger Now," entitled "Malibu." The track and accompanying video were seen by critics as Miley's return to a more tame, chilled-out sound and image.
In December 2018, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth quietly got married at her Tennessee home.
Unfortunately, their romance didn't last.
In August 2019, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. They announced they were going their separate ways after less than eight months as a married couple. Their divorce was finalized in January 2020.
A new era! In March 2021, Miley Cyrus — seen here performing during Ryan Seacrest's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" telecast in December 2020 — signed with Columbia Records, joining a roster of superstars that include BTS, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Harry Styles.
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