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Miley Cyrus: Before and after Disney

Miley Cyrus
She was born Destiny Hope Cyrus. Destiny Hope had a permanent smile on her face, so her dad started calling her Smiley Miley. Well, when Smiley Miley got older, that name got a little embarrassing, so it was shortened to just Miley.

We take a look at Cyrus’ career highlights or lowlights throughout the years.  (Matt Sayles / AP)
Miley Cyrus | ‘Doc’ and ‘Big Fish’ | 2003
Miley’s first TV role took place on her father’s medical drama “Doc” in 2003. That same year, she scored a part in Tim Burton’s drama fantasy “Big Fish.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Miley Cyrus | ‘Hannah Montana’ | 2006
When Miley first auditioned for “Hannah Montana” in 2006, she was told she was too young. She persisted and eventually won the role. During her audition, she mentioned that her real-life father could play her father on the show. That would be country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (pictured), the one with the “Achy Breaky Heart.” He auditioned, and he must have been convincing as Miley’s dad, because he got the part. (Joel Warren / Disney Channel)
Miley Cyrus | ‘Best of Both Worlds’ tour | 2007
Miley played herself and her alter ego, Hannah Montana, in her 2007 tour, “Best of Both Worlds.” Hard-core fans paid scalpers more than $1,000 for tickets to the show. (Jeff Christensen / AP)
Miley Cyrus | ‘Hannah Montana’ soundtrack | 2006
On top of the huge success of “Hannah Montana,” Miley went on to a music career. First she was featured on the “Hannah Montana” soundtrack in 2006. The following year, a double album came out called “Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus.” Disc 1 is a second “Hannah Montana” soundtrack; Disc 2 features Miley as herself. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Miley Cyrus | ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie” | 2009
“Hannah Montana: The Movie” was released in 2009. Cyrus went back to her Tennessee roots, playing a teen pop star striving to lead a normal life. The flick also stars Cyrus’ on screen best friend Emily Osment (pictured).  (Disney Channel)
Miley Cyrus | ‘Vanity Fair’ spread | 2008
Photographer of the stars Annie Leibovitz photographed Cyrus for a magazine spread in the June 2008 issue of Vanity Fair. In one photo, the 15-year-old reclines across her father’s lap, her stomach exposed. In another photo, Cyrus appears topless, clutching a creased sheet to her chest. Disney blamed Vanity Fair and Leibovitz for manipulating Cyrus into taking what it deemed unsuitable photos. (Kevork Djansezian / AP Photo)
Miley Cyrus | Teen Choice Awards performance | 2009
In the next dent sinking Cyrus deeper into the spiral of controversy, the 16-year-old raised eyebrows with a bra-exposed-baring and mini-short-wearing suggestive performance of wildly popular single “Party in the USA” at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Atop an ice cream pushcart, Cyrus straddled a pole, leading critics to see parallels between Cyrus’ actions and those of a stripper.  (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus | ‘The Last Song'| 2010
Leaving Hannah Montana behind, Cyrus played a troubled teenager in the coming-of-age romantic film “The Last Song” opposite Aussie rookie Liam Hemsworth as her love interest. The pair’s chemistry transferred off-screen and the two began dating on set. Cyrus was previously linked to model Justin Gaston and briefly dated Nick Jonas before Hemsworth, who would later star in “The Hunger Games” saga. (Sam Emerson / Touchstone Pictures)
Miley Cyrus | Salvia incident | 2010
Days after Cyrus’ 18th birthday, she was found smoking salvia from a bong, with evidence leaked in a two-and-a-half minute video heard around the world. “I’m disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans,” Cyrus told Marie Claire magazine months following the incident. “For me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Miley Cyrus | Engagement | 2012
“I feel like my dreams are coming true,” Cyrus, 19, shared on Twitter, soon after she revealed her engagement to longtime beau Liam Hemsworth, 22. The “Hunger Games” actor popped the question with a Neil Lane 3.5-carat diamond sparkler set in gold. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” Cyrus told People magazine.  (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus | Pixie cut debut | 2012
In a very bold -- and blond! -- move, Cyrus chopped off her long chestnut locks for a pixie-cut. The triple threat documented the process on Twitter as stylist-to-the-stars Chris McMillan worked his scissors and style. “LOVE my hair, feel so happy, pretty, and free,” Cyrus tweeted after the cut. It was a dream of Cyrus’ to cut her hair like 1960s model Twiggy. “One day I’m gonna cut my hair like [Twiggy’s]. I know I am. I will one day,” Cyrus gushed to “Good Morning America” three years prior. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus | Breakup rumors | 2012, 2013
Breakup rumors swirled about the pair in late 2012, early 2013 when shutterbugs caught Cyrus without her engagement ring. Though Cyrus put them to rest when she showed up on her fiance’s arm at the Los Angeles premiere of thriller film “Paranoia,” starring her beau Liam Hemsworth.  (Dan Steinberg / Invision / AP )
Miley Cyrus | ‘Maxim’ Top 100 list | 2013
Cyrus ranked No. 1 on Maxim’s top 100 list in 2013, beating the Disney likes of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. The men’s magazine declared Cyrus “the most beautiful woman in the universe” -- quite the upgrade from the No. 68 spot the year before. She babbled to the glossy: “It feels amazing to be the No. 1 especially because it was voted on by the fans. I have the best fans in the world!”  (Michael Kovac / Getty Images for City of Hope)
Miley Cyrus | ‘We Can’t Stop’ | 2013
For her latest album titled “Bangerz,” Cyrus led with the dance anthem “We Can’t Stop.” The video, rife with oral sex simulations, blow up dolls and a whole lot of her tongue, was heavily edited for the UK audience. And the lyrics also caused a stir. Cyrus sings “Dancing With Miley,” which comes out molly, like the party drug ecstasy. Cyrus defended the line to Rolling Stone but then told the UK’s Daily Mail, “If you’re aged ten [the lyric is] Miley, if you know what I’m talking about then you know.” (RCA)
Miley Cyrus | VMA performance | 2013

Cyrus, along with R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, gave a raunchy, lascivious, provocative, you name it, performance designed to fuel the media at MTV’s most recent Video Music Awards.

 (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for MTV / Courtesy)
Miley Cyrus | ‘Wrecking Ball'| 2013
Topping a show that just couldn’t be capped, Miley dropped more jaws when she nakedly straddled a giant ball in her latest music video “Wrecking Ball,” directed by fashion photographer Terry Richardson. The editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, reportedly planned to feature Cyrus in the magazine’s December issue, but gave her the boot after the frenzy.  (Evan Agostini / Invision/ AP)
Miley Cyrus | Ends engagement | 2013
After unfollowing Liam Hemsworth on Twitter, Cyrus sparked some buzz about her relationship status. A few days later, it was announced Cyrus, 20, and Hemsworth, 23, officially ended their engagement. The couple have experienced breakups with each other in the past.  (Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)
Miley Cyrus | Cyrus vs. O’Connor | 2013
The saga began when Cyrus told Rolling Stone her “Wrecking Ball” video was inspired by Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor. O’Connor wasn’t pleased and wrote an open letter on her website advising Cyrus to stop “pimping” herself and start relying on her talent. Cyrus shot back on Twitter, comparing O’Connor to Amanda Bynes (regarding mental issues). That’s when O’Connor issued another letter to Cyrus, declaring Cyrus will suffer from mental illness one day. Finally, O’Connor accused Cyrus of cyber-bullying and demanded an apology to all sufferers of mental illness.  (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images (left); Los Angeles Times)
Miley Cyrus | “SNL” host | 2013
Amid the Sinead O’Connor debacle and weeks after her VMA performance, it was as if Cyrus’ name didn’t disappear from online headlines. So she couldn’t have hosted “Saturday Night Live” at a better time. With a performance that could have been mocked for days, Cyrus wasn’t short of a strong delivery. She ridiculed the GOP and her “We Can’t Stop” video in a performance titled “We Did Stop (the Government).” In the sketch, she plays a slutty Michele Bachmann paired with a flamboyant John Boehner played by Taran Killam amid the crisis of the government shutdown. Cyrus also portrayed a deep-voiced Scarlett Johansson in an act parodying the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” opposite Taran Killam, who played a pervy Christoph Waltz. (“Saturday Night Live”)
Miley Cyrus | “We Can’t Stop” rendition | 2013
In an effort to promote her single “We Can’t Stop” off her album “Bangerz” - not that it needed any promotion after her performance heard ‘round the world at the VMAs - Miley appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show. She collaborated with Fallon and his house band, the Roots, for an a cappella rendition of “We Can’t Stop.” The Brady Bunch-esque clip went viral, racking up more than 2 million views within 24 hours.  (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”)
Miley Cyrus | Annual Night of Stars | 2013
It was as if Miley Cyrus was a new woman when she arrived at the 30th Annual Night of Stars red carpet event. She shocked once more, but this time in a positive way. Bringing the glam factor and keeping her tongue in check, Miley wore a Marc Jacobs mermaid-style gown swathed in sequins. Her hair was slicked back, her makeup done to match the backless gown. (Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus | MTV EMAs | 2013
Miley Cyrus proved she and her provocative antics were back at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam. After another twerk-tastic performance, Miley won the highest award of the night for best music video for “Wrecking Ball.” She took the stage and lit up what appeared to be a joint. Parents were up in arms once more. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images for MTV)
Miley Cyrus | American Music Awards performance | 2013
At the 2013 American Music Awards, Miley performed another rendition of the power ballad “Wrecking Ball” — this time with the help of a flying, lip-synching space kitten. Her tiny two-piece decorated with kitten faces jibed perfectly with the theme. Miley left viewers scratching their heads, and sparking a heap of buzz.  (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus | KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball | 2013
Miley landed on Santa’s naughty list the night of her Jingle Ball performance. Well, actually she landed right on Santa when she twerked for him. The tongue-loving musician also managed to lick the Christmas tree. With her powerful vocal chords, Miley rocked the stage with takes on “Party in the U.S.A.,” Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness,” and “Wrecking Ball.” (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Miley Cyrus | Times Square performance | 2014
Miley rang in the new year with a performance in Times Square for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Feeling a tad under the weather before the show, the pop provocateur managed to put her cold behind her and delivered a performance with punch. And, no, she did not ride into Times Square on a wrecking ball, as many had joked. Though, Jenny McCarthy was spotted on the sidelines playfully licking a hammer a la Miley. (Charles Sykes / Invision/Associated Press)
Miley Cyrus | Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala | 2014
While Miley didn’t pick up any 2014 Grammy nominations, she was invited to perform at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala. She wore a pink fur coat and donned a simple blond pixie cut, yet her performance was anything but subtle. She offered up a conservative take of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton in her three-song set.  (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus | MTV’s ‘Unplugged’ | 2014
Miley teamed up with Madonna for MTV’s “Unplugged,” a show that’s proved anything can happen onstage. Bringing some country flair to her routine, Miley entertained the audience with her usual antics -- tongue wagging, crotch grabbing and twerking. Still, it was impossible to ignore Miley’s powerhouse voice, which lent itself to tracks off her chart-topping album “Bangerz.” Near the end of the show, Madonna made a surprise appearance and the pair did their thing to Madge’s high-energy hit “Don’t Tell Me,” which morphed into Miley’s “We Can’t Stop.” It isn’t called “Unplugged” for nothing. (Sandy M. Cohen / Associated Press)