International pop culture phenomenon Miley Cyrus rocketed to fame almost instantly after being added to the Disney Channel's stable of wholesome teenage entertainers in 2006. As "Hannah Montana" (2006-2010), Cyrus won over tween audiences by playing a perky and charming middle-school student who happens to lead a secret double life as a pop singer. While the premise was the definition of hokey TV fabrications, it was actually not too far removed from Cyrus' own life as a decidedly normal young girl from Tennessee, who also happened to be the daughter of 1990s country music chart-topper, Billy Ray Cyrus. Upon the success of her fictitious pop singer persona, Cyrus naturally launched her own lucrative singing career - to say nothing of the successful "Montana"-based feature films and the Disney avalanche of cross-promotional items - all of which secured her status as one of the most popular entertainers of her generation. Some of her more provocative antics following the end of "Hannah Montana" -- most notoriously a performance with pop-R&B singer Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that introduced the word "twerking" to mainstream pop culture -- made Cyrus a controversial figure, but the tabloid furor only seemed to make her a more daring performer.