Miley Cyrus couldn't control her excitement. For once, she was the fan losing her chill, all because the "coolest person" she knew was about to make her debut at The Forum.
"Her voice — oh my god — her voice is amazing," Cyrus gushed onstage, waving a giant homemade sign that was equally gushing.
Was this an alternate universe? No, the Disney Channel alum happened to be introducing her little sister, Noah Cyrus, at the iHeartRadio Music Awards a couple weeks ago. You'll be hearing a lot more about her in the coming months.
Fans probably first met Noah in that adorable Hannah Montana episode about a meowing cat sweater — the first of several cameos she made in her big sister's beloved TV series before it wrapped in 2011. But fast-forward to today, and the youngest Cyrus is not so little anymore.
Now 17, Noah kicked off her music career with "Make Me (Cry)," a collaboration with R&B singer-songwriter Labrinth. The emotional lyrics scrutinize a troubled relationship, while the music video shows Noah serenading her sleeping lover in bed — an effective visual to let your audience know you're all grown-up.
The title of her upcoming debut album is just as mature: NC-17, inspired by the MPAA's rating for movies that are forbidden to anyone 17 and under. When I recently spoke to Noah on the phone, she revealed the name is also a nod to her initials, age, and 2017 in general.
“You should do the sound that you want and not what others want," she recalled learning. "I think that if you love yourself and the way that you’re doing the music, then you’re doing something right, and that’s something that they’ve always done."