Best Badass Speech: Miley Cyrus Inducts Joan Jett
It's been a few years since Miley Cyrus was known for her clean-cut character Hannah Montana (during which time she has done some trippy collaborations with the Flaming Lips and jumped out of an airplane with Rolling Stone), but there was still a sense of surprise at how genuinely, awesomely badass the 22-year-old was when she delivered a heartfelt speech for one of her heroines, Joan Jett.
Cyrus launched with a weed anecdote, then told a story about how Jett defied Orthodox Judaism's rules about women praying on the men's side of the Wailing Wall in Israel. She used those tales to demonstrate Jett's rebelliousness and how she's served as a role model for all the women — and punk rockers who felt different — who came after her. (Backstage, Jett deemed Cyrus "a rock & roller at heart.")
"In all of our lives, all of us are going to experience people who try to tell us who to be and what to be. Fuck those people!" Cyrus announced. "Instead of changing for all those people, if you don't like how the world is, change it yourself. She made the world evolve, her life and her success is proof that we can self-evolve. I want to thank you for fighting for our freedom, Joan, and I love you so much."