Miley Cyrus Explains How 'Bangerz' Changed Her Life & Recalls Making Paul McCartney Uncomfortable
publish date: 2017-10-30
On Oct. 29, Miley Cyrus appeared on CBS Sunday Morning for their For The Record series, featuring interviews with some of today’s most influential artists. For this episode, Anthony Mason visited the Cyrus family’s farm in Tennessee, discussing the evolution of Cyrus’ career.
In 2013, Cyrus’ image made a drastic shift into a provocative, twerking persona with 200-topping album Bangerz. That record pushed boundaries while also showing a raw, vulnerable side to her, becoming a bonafide pop star. With songs like “Wrecking Ball,” her first No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart, Cyrus combined an emotionally charged breakup ballad with what was at the time her most risqué video, featuring her swinging on a wrecking ball naked.
The video holds more than 900 million views and quickly became iconic -- as did the album. “I didn’t realize [Bangerz] was going to shift me into truly being my own person. It changed my life.” She added, “I felt like that divide, that boundary was cleared.” At that time, she also notoriously appeared in the VMAs dressed up as a sexy teddy bear and twerked in a nude-colored outfit on Robin Thicke while he performed his controversial hit “Blurred Lines.”