Billy Ray Cyrus has defended his daughter Miley Cyrus's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Cyrus caused controversy for dancing suggestively with a foam finger and twerking as Robin Thicke sang 'Blurred Lines' at the August awards show.
Her father Billy Ray has now told Access Hollywood that Miley was furthering her artist development with her performance at the MTV VMAs.
"She's a very smart young lady," he said. "She wanted to shake things up a little bit and mission accomplished."
The country music star continued: "She [did] a great deal of preparation and financial investment.
"All those bears and things she was going out of pocket for to make that stage great. She said she wanted people to be talking."
Billy Ray added that he hasn't been entirely comfortable with Miley's recent image overhaul.
"She wanted to go from a teenage superstar to a young lady, she's got a lot to say musically," he said. "It's hard for me at times, it's still Miley. It's still my little girl, it's still my daughter."
Miley complained earlier in the week that she has faced a "double standard" in the wake of the MTV Video Music Awards.
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I don't know, for a supposedly "very smart young lady", you would think she wouldn't be making fun of mental illness and antisemitism.