Miley Cyrus poses in February 2006, a month before "Hannah Montana" premieres on the Disney channel and is an instant success for the then 13-year-old.
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The best of both worlds? Art imitates life for Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus, the daughter-father duo who mimic their real life relationship on one of Disney's biggest hit shows.
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Miley's 2007 "Best of Both Worlds" concert tour irked many young "Hannah Montana" fans (and their parents) when tickets sold out quickly for most venues and left parents to pay hundreds of dollars to get their kids seats (or just not go).
Miley poses with two of her young fans at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University.
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Miley poses with a photographer at the premiere of her concert film in January. Later the same month, Cyrus announced her intention to officially change her name to "Miley Ray Cyrus," in tribute to her dad.
Miley walks the red carpet before attending February's Academy Awards, where she presented one of the year's Oscar-nominated songs, "Enchanted's" "That's How You Know."
A wax figure of Miley is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York in March.
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In May, the world was stunned by photos of a tousled, scantily-clad Miley Cyrus in Vanity Fair. Miley's camp promptly finger-pointed at photographer Annie Leibovitz until word surfaced that at least one member of Miley's family was present for the entire shoot.
From left to right: Annie Leibovitz Exclusively for Vanity Fair; Courtesy Vanity Fair
In the midst of weathering fallout from both the Vanity Fair shoot and some racy cell phone pix that surfaced on the Internet, Miley makes a personal appearance at Disney's Magic Kingdom on May 1.
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In July's Billboard magazine, Miley addressed some of the criticism aimed at her recent choices, saying "Every career thing I do can't be perfect."
Miley co-hosts MTV's "Total Request Live" on Friday, July 18 -- four days ahead of the release of her first studio album, "Breakout," which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. (We assume "Breakout" refers to her crossover into a mainstream hit maker and not, you know, acne.)
Miley performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" on July 18 at Bryant Park in New York.
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Miley launched Bolt Across America on Friday, July 25 in New York. Bolt Across America is a fundraising event to benefit the ASPCA in conjunction with the animated Disney film "Bolt".
Miley and her mom, Leticia, arrive at the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 3. Not only did Miley host the show and perform; she also snagged three awards: Choice TV Actress, Comedy; Choice TV Show, Comedy; and Choice Music Female Artist.
Miley, who earlier this week hinted that the "Hannah Montana" show may be coming to an end, performs at the Teen Choice Awards.
In May 2009, Cyrus accepts the award for best song from a movie -- for "The Climb" from "hanna Montana: The Movie" -- at the MTV Movie Awards.
Cyrus poses for pictures outside Disney's second annual Concert For Hope at the Nokia Theatre on Oct. 25, 2009 in Los Angeles.
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Sporting a mature updo, Miley Cyrus arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards on March 7, 2010.
In March 2010, Cyrus played mentor to "American Idol" hopefuls and stepped on stage to perform her song, "When I Look at You."
Miley makes her first public appearance with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth at the premiere of their movie "The Last Song" on March 25, 2010 in Los Angeles. The two met on the set of the Nicholas Sparks romance penned specifically for Cyrus.
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Miley and "The Last Song" castmates Melissa Ordway (left) and Carly Chaikin (right) pose at the movie's premiere on March 25, 2010.
As Jonah Hill and a slime-covered Katy Perry looks on, Cyrus accepts the Kids' Choice Award for favorite movie actress on March 27, 2010.
Miley Cyrus performs at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada on June 20, 2010.
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The cover of Miley's third solo disc,"Can't Be Tamed." With her adolescence and starmaking vehicle "Hannah Montana" both coming to an end, the 17-year-old Cyrus must ready herself for adulthood, and "Can't Be Tamed" is the declaration of independence that years of "Behind the Music" specials have taught us it must be.
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