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Miley Cyrus to be Honored With Disney Legend Award

Stacey Addo| Arts & Entertainment Editor

Miley Cyrus in Black and white photo with her hand in her hair.

Miley Cyrus/ 2024

At 31 years old, award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress Miley Cyrus will become the youngest artist to be named a Disney Legend.

“The fourteen individuals to be honored as Disney Legends this year have each made extraordinary creative contributions across the worlds of Disney and we look forward to celebrating them at D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” said an online statement from The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger.

She began acting at 8 years old but found stardom at age 14, when she was cast in the hit Disney Channel show Hannah Montana which premiered in March 2006. According to the statement, the show premiered, “to the largest audience for a Disney Channel Original Series, drawing an average of 4.4 million viewers per episode.”

Hannah Montana and Cyrus’s talent helped create a precedence of Disney shows that could create stars that could act and sing. Starting from movies like Cheetah Girls, the formula spread to a majority of Disney's shows and movies and even spread to other children's channels. 

Cyrus’s Disney fame continued with her Best of Both Worlds Tour in 2007, her voice acting role in the Disney movie “Bolt” in 2008, and her lead role in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” in 2009, which included the hit song “The Climb.”

Cyrus recently was awarded her first-ever wins at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her single, “Flowers” off her 2023 album “Endless Summer Vacation.”

“To be named a Disney Legend is the highest honor our company can bestow on anyone, reserved for those whose talent and achievement have earned them an enduring place in our history,” said Iger.

Other honorees include Colleen Atwood, Angela Bassett, Martha Blanding, James L. Brooks, James Cameron, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Ditko, Harrison Ford, Mark Henn, Frank Oz, Kelly Ripa, Joe Rohde and John Williams.


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