Miley Cyrus continues to amaze us.
And no, we’re not talking about her choice in birthday cakes.
It’s the friendship she had with—ready for this?—the late Etta James.
How’d these two become pals? Read on to find out…
“Etta James was a great influence to both me and Miley,” her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, told me at the Grammys. “We used to jam to Etta quite frequently going back and forth to the [Hannah Montana] set.
“Then one day we called her, and Miley and her really struck up a friendship,” he continued. “It was something special.”
The “At Last” singer died last month at age 73.
Meanwhile, daddy Cyrus says he doesn’t let his daughter’s critics bother him. “You just got to focus on the things you know to be true,” he said. “There’s a great line in the Book of Psalms that says, ‘The truth will be my shield and my buckle.’ There’s a lot of power in those words.”
Miley Cyrus probably won’t be too happy with Taylor Swift. The country cutie is fresh off of her two new Grammy wins and she seems to be on top of the world, but did the mellow country singer get too confident and decide to diss Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears?
During an interview with the Today show earlier this morning, Taylor said a few things that could be deemed diss-worthy.
“I’m never gonna have the moment where I’m like, ‘I’m a woman now, guys. I’m only gonna write dark songs and I’m gonna dance in my bra all the time.’ That’s not really me,” said Taylor.
Is that comment a veiled insult towards Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears? Miley seemed to transition from Disney queen to wild child overnight and Britney…well, she’s always been a bit wild.
Taylor Swift is the complete opposite of both Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears. So it’s good to know that she won’t suddenly come out on stage with a bong or dance around a stripper pole just because she can!
Liam Hemsworth, upcoming Hunger Games star, brother of actor Chris Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend, has a healthy outlook about the entertainment industry.
“We grew up surfing and stuff,” the Australian Hemsworth, 22, says in the March issue of Details, “that’s why we can laugh. This business is ridiculous.”
But he’s about to star in one of the hottest movies of the year, playing Gale in The Hunger Games. So what does he say to people that tell him to brace for the “Twilight effect?”
“What do you say to someone? Your life is going to change? OK. Thanks. Cool.”
And he’s also cool when talking about meeting Cyrus on set. The two hooked up on the set of The Last Song in 2009.
“She makes me really happy. When you start, you want to be professional, but when you’re filming those scenes with someone and pretending to love them, you’re not human if you don’t feel something.”
The entertainment industry was shocked with the news of Whitney Houston’s death, and from Tweets to official statements, they’ve all been expressing their mourning.
Hollyscoop caught up with Billy Ray Cyrus at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards show, and he told us how his daughter, Miley Cyrus is reacting to Houston’s passing:
“She’s so sad about the loss of Whitney Houston,” Billy Ray told Hollyscoop. “She was also very close with Etta James. Etta was a great influence to Miley. A lot of memories of me and Miley driving back and forth to the set of Hannah Montana with Etta James just roaring in the CD player.”
Billy Ray adds that Miley eventually became personal friends with Etta James.
“Miley and Etta struck up a friendship,” he told us. “You know, Etta was a great influence on all of us.”
Music has truly lost quite a few legends this year, including the late Amy Winehouse. When Tony Bennett won a Grammy for the album ‘Duets II,’ he brought Amy’s parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, onstage to accept the award.
VH1′s is debuting our list of the “100 Greatest Women in Music” this evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT. These five, one-hour specials are the latest in our on-going series, The Greatest, and are focused on the last twenty years of music history. Last Friday, we gave you a preview by way of our Almost Greatest list, but now VH1 Tuner is proud to exclusively reveal the entire list for you in advance of tonight’s first episode, which will cover #100 (the Pussycat Dolls) through #81 (the Spice Girls).
So, what artist ended up being named the Greatest Woman In Music for their career accomplisments over the last 20 years? Read along to find out!
100. Pussycat Dolls
99. Demi Lovato
97. Grace Potter
96. Mandy Moore
95. Wilson Phillips
94. Colbie Caillat
92. Jordin Sparks
90. Regina Spektor
89. Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)
86. Ingrid Michaelson
85. Faith Evans
84. Avril Lavigne
83. Meg White (The White Stripes)
82. Miley Cyrus
81. Spice Girls
80. Sara Bareilles
79. PJ Harvey
78. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
77. Hayley Williams (Paramore)
76. Leona Lewis
75. Kim Deal (The Breeders, The Pixies)
Click here to see the full list.
If you were watching “The Ellen Degeneres Show” earlier this week, you may have noticed a familiar face.
Musician Johnzo West, a graduate of New Prairie High School, performed the song “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” with singer/actress Miley Cyrus on Monday’s show.
“She has one of the most soulful voices I’ve ever been in the same room with,” said West. “It has been such an honor to accompany that voice and to share the stage with her. And we’re looking forward to making more music together.”
The song was recently released on Amnesty International’s “Chimes of Freedom” Bob Dylan tribute record.
Other artists on the four-CD release include Adele, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Cage The Elephant, Bad Religion, Maroon 5, Queens Of The Stone Age and many more.
In addition to performing with Cyrus, West has worked with such artists as Florence and the Machine, Robin Thicke and Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers.
Throughout his life, West said music has always been his number one passion.
“I started out on drums around 10 years old, then began toying around with the guitar and writing songs around middle school,” he said.
After high school, West headed off to college at Indiana University Bloomington. There, he formed The Swell, his first project he fronted as a singer/guitarist.
West played around the Midwest and put out a few records, eventually moving to California as a band to be closer to the music business.
Most recently, he released a digital single called “The Good Fight,” and last year he put out a four-song EP called “Caliana: Blood, Sweat & Beers.” His also wrote and recorded his first solo album “Bring On The Burden.”
West said his music is heavily influenced by roots of rock, soul, southern rock, blues and reggae, and his songwriting is inspired by the ups and downs of life, love and family.
“Some of it is my stories, some of it is other people’s stories, but it’s honest music and it comes from the heart,” said West.
The biggest sacrifice West said he has had to make is being away from his family, full of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He draws on their inspiration and support, making the most of the opportunities he has stumbled on.
“I absolutely love Indiana, and I am so proud to be from where I’m from,” said West.
He is currently working on Billy Ray Cyrus’ new album, and said he is enjoying the experience.
“It’s a really great band, and I think it’s going to be an awesome record,” said West.
Justin Bieber (17) and Selena Gomez (19) are featured in Teen Vogue’s “10 most stylish couples in young Hollywood”. On the website we’re shown a picture of the dynamic duo with this caption to the left. “Possibly the most famous (and envied!) couple in the spotlight, they both have a great set of pipes and sought after style.” Jelena was named number one on the countdown.
Next we have Miley Cyrus (19) and Liam Hemsworth (22) were also featured on the website but were ranked number three. The couple met on-set of their movie The Last Song. A picture of Miam was posted and this caption to the left was shown to the readers. “Ever since sharing the screen in The Last Song, Liam and Miley have been inseparable in real life, too.”
New to Disney star Sarah Hyland was also featured in the article and has placed 7th, joined with her boyfriend Matt Prokop. This was the caption shown by Teen Vogue. “The Modern Family star rarely hits the red carpet without her well-dressed actor-boyfriend by her side.”
Bella Thorne may have a hit TV show on the Disney Channel, but she wants fans to know that she’s nothing like her predecessors Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff. The Shake It Up starlet recently stopped Celebuzz to answer fan questions and, when a fellow “Bellarina” wanted to know how she felt about filling in Miley’s shoes, Bella laid it all on the line.
“Everyone compares me to Miley but I don’t really know why,” she said. “I’m 14-year-old girl trying to do my own thing and live my dream. I don’t think I can even compare to anyone like that.”
“They’re such visions that it’s even hard to picture yourself being compared to that,” the actress added.
Bella, Miley, and Hilary do have one thing in common — all three girls have found success in television. Bella’s show, Shake It Up, has been going strong ever since its 2010 debut. So is there a third season in the works?
“Of course! Why wouldn’t there be?” Bella told us. “We love Shake It Up and to think that we’re even going into the third season is mesmerizing.”