Since the first details about the show came out, the 2017 Billboard Awards were immediately poised to become a major night for two members of the Cyrus family.
With an album on the way and a following to cultivate, it was all eyes on Miley and younger sister Noah. But when Miley Cyrus attended the Billboard Music Awards with her whole family, it was clear that the Billboard Awards (BBMAs) weren't just going to be a big night for the pop star and her younger sister — it was a night for the whole family to celebrate.
After announcing that Miley would perform her new hit single "Malibu" (which Miley wrote about her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth), BBMAs executive producer Mark Bracco said, "Miley Cyrus is and always has been an artist that makes an impact. Her incredible talent and imprint on pop culture are undeniable. We are thrilled to have her debut 'Malibu' at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and look forward to a raw and honest performance that will likely surprise many," according to EW.com.
In an interview with Billboard ahead of her "Malibu" release, Miley talked about the inspiration for the song, saying that it was owed, in part, to her rekindled relationship with her ex. "I never would've believed you if three years ago you told me I'd be here writing this song,” she told Billboard. “[People are] going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, 'This is how I feel'?”
But when the family (minus Miley and her brother) walked the carpet together, you didn't just see the love, you could feel it, too:
The Cyrus' are no strangers to the spotlight, and in 2015, Brandi gave an interview that shed some light on what it's like to be one of the most famous families in the world. She told ET.com:
For some reason, people love to hate a Cyrus. I don't know what it is, but I remember when I was a kid, and my dad [Billy Ray Cyrus] was at the height of his success, all people wanted to do was make fun of me for it. I was like, 'Wait a minute. My dad is the biggest star on the planet and you want to make fun of me?' As I'm older now, I look back on that and that's just so insane. I don't know why people like to tear others down to make themselves feel better. I don't know what it is but, yes, Miley is a huge personality. She's a weirdo, but she's so normal.
In 2016, Noah gave an interview to Rolling Stone that touched on those same strong familial bonds. Of her own budding stardom, Noah said, "My dad has learned all of the songs that I've sent him. He put it on his computer, on his jukebox, on his phone. He still has a Blackberry, by the way. But everybody's been so supportive." She also talked about big-sister Miley's role in helping Noah develop her own thick skin in the industry.
According to Noah, "Miley always says, 'Don't ever look yourself up or read your comments, 'cause you're gonna see stuff that you don't want to see.'" She told Rolling Stone that it was the "best advice ever" to know that if she's doing something that's making her happy, "then it's working."
It's pretty sound advice.