Miley Cyrus’ Stirring Grammy Win for “Flowers”: A Speech, a Missed Mention, and the Complexity of Acceptance

Miley Cyrus

In a dazzling moment at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, Miley Cyrus claimed her second Grammy victory with the record of the year for her 2023 hit, “Flowers.” The 31-year-old songstress, radiating gratitude and humility, took center stage to express her appreciation for the accolade while notably omitting mention of her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.

During her acceptance speech, Cyrus endeared herself to the audience by expressing her hope that the Grammy win would not alter the beauty of her life, emphasizing the spectacular nature inherent in every individual. She imparted a lighthearted tone, urging everyone to recognize the importance of the award while maintaining a sense of perspective.

“I really hope that it doesn’t change anything because my life was beautiful yesterday. Not everyone in the world will get a Grammy, but everyone in this world is spectacular,” Cyrus shared with a smile, encapsulating the essence of her sentiments.

Acknowledging the collaborative effort behind “Flowers,” Cyrus extended her gratitude to various individuals. She mentioned members of her team—Tom, Tyler, Michael, and Greg—as well as expressing appreciation for her record label, Crush, and Columbia. In a heartfelt moment, she thanked her family, specifically mentioning her mother and sister, and expressed love for her partner and her close friends, affectionately referring to them as her “main gays.”

As the speech neared its conclusion, Cyrus playfully questioned her team, ensuring she hadn’t missed anyone in her expressions of gratitude. Concluding on a humorous note, she quipped about the possibility of forgetting her underwear, bringing a light-hearted end to her acceptance speech.

Notably absent from her list of acknowledgments was any mention of her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. The omission did not go unnoticed, prompting speculation and curiosity among fans and media alike. Acceptance speeches, often impromptu and emotionally charged, may not comprehensively capture every person an artist wishes to thank. Additionally, family dynamics can be intricate, and public omissions may not necessarily reflect the entirety of the relationships involved.

The enchanting victory for “Flowers” in the Record of the Year category placed Miley Cyrus among esteemed peers, including Billie Eilish, boygenius, Jon Batiste, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA, Taylor Swift, and Victoria Monét. Despite the omission, Cyrus’s acceptance speech remains a memorable moment in the annals of Grammy history, showcasing her humility, humor, and deep appreciation for those who contributed to her musical journey.

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