Grammys waited twenty years to take me seriously


Miley Cyrus asked W Magazine why the Grammys waited 20 years to take her “seriously.” Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine

Miley Cyrus wants her flowers.

In a new interview, the pop star wondered why she had to wait decades to gain respect from her peers in the music industry, despite making a big impact early in her career.

“No shade, but I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and this is the first time I’ve actually been taken seriously at the Grammys?” Cyrus, 31, asked W Magazine in her Pop Issue cover story published Monday, nearly four months after winning two awards for her No. 1 song “Flowers.”

“This is not about arrogance. I am proud of myself,” Cyrus emphasized. Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine
She also mentioned her “impact on culture” in the interview. Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine

“I had a hard time figuring out what the measurement is there because if we want to talk about statistics and numbers, where was I? And if you want to talk about the impact on culture, where was I? she continued.

The singer then emphasized: “This is not about arrogance. I am proud of myself.”

Cyrus landed the title role in “Hannah Montana” when she was just 12 years old. She starred on the Disney Channel show from 2006 to 2011 and simultaneously launched her music career, with early hits including “See You Again,” “7 Things,” “The Climb” and “Party in the USA.”

The pop star won her first two Grammys in February for “Flowers.” AFP via Getty Images
She also sang number 1 during the ceremony. AFP via Getty Images

The former child star infamously broke with her good-girl image in 2013 with her groundbreaking album “Bangerz,” which featured the career-defining singles “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball.” During the polarizing era, she also came under fire for twerking on Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards.

‘Bangerz’ earned Cyrus her first Grammy nomination, for best pop vocal album, but she didn’t take home a trophy until nine years later.

At the 66th annual ceremony in February, “Flowers” won best pop solo performance and record of the year, beating out Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish.

Cyrus got her start with “Hannah Montana” in 2006. Disney Channel/Courtesy of Everett Collection
“Flowers” ​​won record of the year, one of the top categories. Getty Images for The Recording Academy

“This award is great, but I really hope it doesn’t change anything because my life was beautiful yesterday,” Cyrus said onstage as he accepted the final honor, one of the Recording Academy’s prestigious Big Four categories.

“Not everyone in the world gets a Grammy,” she added, “but everyone in this world is spectacular, so please don’t think this is important.”

The multihyphenate also performed ‘Flowers’ during the show in a glittering Bob Mackie dress with an ’80s-inspired hairstyle.

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