Billy Ray Cyrus Praises Miley: She's on a "Whole New Level!"

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It looks like Mike Will Made It isn't the only fan of Miley Cyrus these days.

During an appearance on Piers Morgan Live last night, father Billy Ray showered his daughter with praise, giving Miley props for shedding her Disney label and taking risks.

“She could’ve stayed Hannah Montana forever and made a great living doing that," he said. "But she’s more of an artist than that and she wanted to make a living and evolve.”

Billy Ray has been making the media rounds ever since Miley Twerked up a controversial storm at the Video Music Awards and then got naked for her Wrecking Ball video.

Following the latter, he gushed over his child's "God given talent."

Why has the 20-year old been going to such racy lengths? 

"Miley's smart enough to know that to come out of the shadows of Hannah Montana, it really takes something extremely drastic," he told Morgan. "When you go to that level, it creates passion, and passion is either love or hate. But there's no middle of the road for passion."

Adding that the singer has "risen to a whole new level" over the past few weeks, Billy Ray says this is all part of a strategy. It's all been "“thought out in advance."

And it's certainly worked: "Wrecking Ball" marks Miley's first-ever #1 single.

“She’s really very focused and loves what she’s doing," the older country star said. "And that’s the main thing for me as a dad, seeing my little girl doing what she loves and making the music that she loves to make and hanging out with some incredibly talented producers, singer-songwriters, musicians."

And Britney Spears. Miley has also been hanging out a lot with Britney Spears.

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Miley Cyrus Biography

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Miley Cyrus has evolved tremendously over the years. Initially known for portraying Hannah Montana, the singer/actress made an effort to... More »
Franklin, Tennessee
Full Name
Destiny Hope Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Quotes

Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love every one of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you.

Miley Cyrus [at a concert, soon after photo scandal broke]

I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life's journey.

Miley Cyrus [on lewd photos]