– Miley Cyrus won her first-ever Grammy Awards, but snubbed her father Billy Ray while giving her acceptance speech.
– The relationship between Miley and her father has been strained since the latter’s split from her mom, Tish, in 2022.
– Billy Ray has not commented publicly yet on his daughter’s Grammy victory.
Music superstar Miley Cyrus raised eyebrows when she failed to acknowledge her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, during her acceptance speeches at the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 4, 2024.
Glamorous Night, Notable Omission
The evening was undoubtedly a triumphant one for the 31-year-old artist. Miley bagged the Best Pop Solo Performance award for her song “Flowers” and later clinched the Record of the Year prize. Yet, in her speeches, she thanked everyone but her famous father, triggering speculation about their strained relationship.
In her performance of “Flowers”, the talented singer playfully rebuked the audience for pretending they didn’t know the song. She craftily tweaked the lyrics to add, “I just won my first Grammy!”
Coming back to her acceptance speech, Miley took the opportunity to thank the team behind “Flowers”, her mom, sister and other individuals significant to her. On a humorous note, she confessed she might have forgotten her underwear but did not miss anyone from her list of acknowledgements, a list that conspicuously missed Billy Ray’s name.
Billy Ray, a seasoned artist himself, has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning twice. As of now, he has not made any public comments on his daughter’s much-deserved Grammy sweep.
Exploring Troubled Father-Daughter Relationship
Miley’s omission of her father isn’t entirely surprising given their complex dynamics in recent years. Since Billy Ray’s split from Miley’s mother, Tish, in 2022, their relationship has reportedly been fraught with tension.
An insider told The Sun that Miley disapproved of some actions her father took during and after the split. The rift between the two further deepened when Billy Ray started dating singer Firerose, who is now his wife. The considerable age gap between Billy Ray, 62, and his new wife, who is almost half his age, has apparently added to the existing discord.
It’s noteworthy that the father-daughter duo once shared an extremely close bond, both off-screen and on-screen. They played father and daughter in the hugely popular Disney Channel show “Hannah Montana” from 2006 to 2011, which catapulted Miley to stardom and marked the advent of her successful career as a pop singer.
While Miley’s Grammy victory marks a significant milestone in her musical journey, the atmosphere of her personal life seems grey. The absence of any acknowledgment of her father during the peak of her success underscores the familial turmoil she’s grappling with amidst the professional highs.
As Miley holds her well-earned Grammys, one can only hope for the clouds of discord to clear between her and her father. In the end, the music world awaits their harmonious reunion, just like a beautiful, soothing melody after a tense, dramatic crescendo.