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Why Didn’t Miley Cyrus Thank Dad Billy Ray During Grammys Speech?

During her acceptance speech for best record of the year at the 2024 Grammys for “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus made sure to thank her mom, Tish, and half-sister, Brandi, who attended the ceremony with her, noticeably omitting her other sister, Noah, and father, Billy Ray Cyrus. Cyrus ended her speech by saying, “I don’t think I forgot anyone, but I might have forgotten underwear.”

The moment suggests a possible estrangement between the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer and his daughter, which fans of the crooner have picked up on since the awards show moment. Cyrus, who turned heads in a naked dress made of 14,000 gold safety pins, won her first-ever Grammy earlier that night for best pop solo performance, also for “Flowers.”

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In an Instagram post following up on her big wins, Cyrus shared a photo of her on the Grammys stage and wrote, “I had all the perfect things to say but none of them could come out in this moment of shock. I’m happy they didn’t … because (thankfully) prepared perfection just isn’t my story. Life is so much more exciting this way.” She then went on to thank her “family,” mentioning mom Tish and sister Brandi, as well as icons, presenter Mariah Carey and her godmother, Dolly Parton, as well as her friends, her fans, her collaborators and “every single person who made this song and album possible!”

Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus announced their divorce in April 2022 after living apart for two years. In October of the same year, Billy Ray got engaged to Firerose, an Australian musician who is 27 years his junior. Tish also found love, announcing her engagement to Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell in November 2022. Around that time, fans noticed that Miley had unfollowed Billy Ray on Instagram; he unfollowed her as well.

It appeared that the Cyrus siblings picked sides between their parents. Miley and Brandi (who was adopted by Billy Ray after he married Tish) attended Tish’s nuptials but skipped out on Billy Ray’s, while Noah and Braison opted to go to their dad’s wedding.

In Vogues feature on Tish’s ceremony, Miley gushed over how thrilled she was to see her mom find love again. “To see my mom this happy and in love is very emotional for me,” she said. “Dom and my mom share the sweetest, most genuine love. It’s almost like it’s for the first time, which is so fitting for my mom who is such a young soul. Since they met, they both started aging in reverse. Somehow, my mom has gotten even more beautiful. The day was as special and magical as they are. To stand beside my mother and give her away to Dom is a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to reps for Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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