Billy Ray Cyrus: Miley 'has risen to a whole new level'

billy-ray-miley-cyrus-teen-choice.jpg Billy Ray Cyrus stopped by CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" Thursday (Sept. 19), where naturally one of the hot topics of conversation was his daughter Miley Cyrus' performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Billy Ray says Miley's just keepin' it real.

"She's just Miley," says Cyrus. "She's an artist. She's real. I think that what's happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound. She's evolving as an artist herself. I think that all of what everyone is calling controversy now, that's still my Miley."

He also says that she had to do something drastic in order to distance herself from her childhood "Hannah Montana" image.

"Miley's smart enough to know that to come out of the shadows of 'Hannah Montana,' it really takes something extremely drastic, which when you go to that level, it creates passion, and passion is either love or hate. But there's no middle of the road for passion," says Cyrus. "She has risen to a whole new level. I thought I had seen it all -- until these last couple of weeks."

What do you think? Is Billy Ray right?
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