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Miley Cyrus Is the Perfect Host for the Video Music Awards

The "Wrecking Ball" singer and the youth-oriented broadcast need each other

Miley Cyrus announced on Instagram that she will host this year’s Video Music Awards, serving as the broadcast’s first emcee since Kevin Hart at the 2012 show. The intervening two ceremonies relied on performances and acceptance speeches to hold the audience’s interest, and both times, Cyrus herself emerged as the star of the show. She’s the perfect choice to host the show: The only question is why it hadn’t happened sooner.

The singer’s status among the most talked-about stars in pop music is a relatively recent invention, dating back to the 2013 Video Music Awards. At that (host-free) ceremony, Cyrus’s booking was wedged into an awkward duet with Robin Thicke and promoted less than marquee performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Katy Perry. The ceremony, indeed, had been largely meant to promote a nascent rivalry between show opener Gaga and show closer Perry, but somewhere in between Cyrus ate both of their lunch, turning a few minutes onstage into a career-defining scandal and instantly establishing her as the twerking, teddy-bear-loving, problematic favorite of a generation. Cyrus has called her performance that night a “strategic hot mess,” and the gambit worked. Amidst a sea of serenely competent performers, Cyrus provided the night’s actual entertainment.

Last year, again, the VMA ceremony was largely devoid of spark or excitement but for Cyrus’s impact. Ultra-competent performers like Ariana Grande, Usher, and Maroon 5 went through their paces before Cyrus won the night’s top prize, Video of the Year, for “Wrecking Ball,” in which she continued her now-established persona as a racy provocateur. The way she used her brief airtime this go-round, ceding the stage to a Los Angeles resident who urged greater attention to the plight of youth homelessness, provoked in a different manner entirely. As Cyrus stagily wept in the audience, other stars seemed to have no idea what was going on, up to presenter Jimmy Fallon, who grabbed the microphone, prepared to seize it away. The moment had the frisson of truly live entertainment—in which anything could happen—and an added dimension of actual substance.

For two years in a row, Cyrus has taken charge of the music industry’s most youth-focused event by sheer force of will, turning brief moments in the spotlight into opportunities to radically redefine the conversation around her: From Disney starlet to aggressive party-girl chanteuse, and from that to the social conscience of pop music. Who knows what she could do with an opening monologue? There’s reason to be excited to find out. Without her having been invited to the party in the past, there would have been no morning-after conversation at all. The Video Music Awards needs the sort of frank, unapologetic crudeness and outsized emotions a star as unafraid to look silly as Cyrus provides. Without her, they’d be the Grammys.

Read next: Here Are the 2015 MTV Video Music Award Nominees

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Calls Miley Cyrus a ‘Wonderful Person’

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the European Premiere of 'Terminator: Genisys' in Berlin on June 21, 2015.
Luca Teuchmann—Getty Images Arnold Schwarzenegger at the European Premiere of 'Terminator: Genisys' in Berlin on June 21, 2015.

He says his son, Patrick, had a "great relationship" with the singer

Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the Howard Stern Show on Wednesday to talk about Terminator, prank videos and his son’s relationship with Miley Cyrus.

“She was a wonderful person,” Schwarzenegger told Stern. “She has this career side where she has to be a little bit out there because she grew up in a music family. So what? It didn’t bother me, Patrick had a wonderful experience a great relationship, and then the whole thing eventually fell apart.”

Cyrus and Patrick broke up in April. “They’re just in two different places in their lives – he’s in college and she’s focused on her music and career,” a source told PEOPLE at the time of the split.

But the elder Schwarzenegger has fond memories of Cyrus. He said she spent some time with the family in Sun Valley, Idaho, during the holidays. According to the former California governor, Cyrus spent hours playing with the family’s little kids, buying them presents and hanging out in the snow.

Listen to a clip below.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Watch a Young Miley Cyrus Audition for Hannah Montana

Best of both worlds

Today in #TBT: Miley Cyrus’ audition tape for Hannah Montana resurfaced online Thursday morning. The clip includes all three rounds of her as a 12-year-old—that once-signature long hair included—singing, acting, and doing a pretty cool secret handshake with dad Billy Ray, who used to be on the program that ran from 2006 to 2011 with his daughter.

Cyrus is now 22, and has moved on to bigger things (Happie Hippie Foundation videos are just one of them!)—but isn’t it nice to remember right where she started? We get the best of both worlds!

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Here Are Hillary Clinton’s Favorite Emoji

She's all about those handclaps

As part of a free flip-flop giveaway, Old Navy has launched an online tool that lets you analyze the most-used emoji on yours and other social media feeds—including any public Twitter account.

TIME and MONEY dug around to find some of the most interesting results from famous politicians, business leaders and celebrities, including presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush. Click through the list to also see the favored emoji of Bill Clinton, Narendra Modi, Elon Musk, Travis Kalanick, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus.

Clinton’s Twitter feed had a lot to offer but neither of Barack Obama’s feeds seemed to make use of emoji, nor did Warren Buffett’s or Kanye West’s.

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    Hillary Clinton Favorite Emoji
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    Democratic presidential front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (or at least the folks running her Twitter feed) seems to favor the checkmark, clapping hands, and “sparkles” emoji—though the American flag also makes the cut.

  • Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush Favorite Emoji
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    GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush doesn’t reveal much in his choice of emoji: He is the former governor of sunshine state Florida, after all.

  • Marco Rubio

    Marco Rubio Favorite Emoji
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    Florida Senator Marco Rubio is a fan of the clapping hands emoji.

  • Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi Favorite Emoji
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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is partial to the “okay” sign.

  • Elon Musk

    Elon Musk Favorite Emoji
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    The only emoji that pops up for Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter feed is the “see-no-evil” monkey.

     

  • Travis Kalanick

    Travis Kalanick Favorite Emoji
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    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has most often used the “person raising both hands in celebration” symbol, which seems about right.

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Favorite Emoji
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    Taylor Swift’s collection of most-used emoji is as much a window into her emotional world as many of her songs, with hearts, the “smiling face with heart-shaped eyes,” and “face with tears of joy” among her favorites. And like Hillary Clinton, she’s a fan of sparkles.

  • Miley Cyrus

    Old Navy / emoodji.com Miley Cyrus Favorite Emoji

    Miley Cyrus seems to use a wide variety of symbols on her Twitter feed—even more so than Taylor Swift—including the ever-evocative money and smiling poop emoji.

  • Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton Favorite Emoji
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    Last but not least, former President Bill Clinton appears to have made use of only one emoji: the folded hands, or prayer symbol. That’s one more than either of current POTUS Barack Obama’s Twitter accounts have used.

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Netflix Renews Grace and Frankie for a Second Season, Possibly Thanks to Miley Cyrus

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the World Premiere of "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2015.
Eric Charbonneau—Invision for Netflix/AP Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the World Premiere of "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2015.

The second season will land in 2016

No, Miley Cyrus does not make programming decisions for Netflix, but her influence should never be underestimated. Variety confirmed Wednesday that Grace and Frankie, the Netflix series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as enemies who find solidarity when their husbands leave them for each other, will live to see a second season. And the show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman is thanking Cyrus for doing her part.

“Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” Kauffman said in a statement. “Because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, ‘We’d like to do a season two.’”

The show has been praised for creating leading roles for women over 70 in an industry that’s frequently wont to do so, as well as for its normalization of same-sex marriage. Miley Cyrus would likely agree on all counts.

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Watch Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande Duet on ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ in Onesies

The collaboration benefits Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation

Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande joined each other on an inflatable couch, dressed in onesies, to perform a duet of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” for Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation.

The video, which premiered on Entertainment Weekly, is the latest collaboration Cyrus has unveiled in conjunction with her foundation that benefits LGBT and homeless youth. As they sing the Crowded House song, Cyrus and Grande banter: “Are you a mouse or a bear?” Cyrus asks Grande. (Cyrus’s onesie is clearly of the unicorn variety.) “Whatever you are its probably the cutest mouse-bear thing I’ve ever seen,” Cyrus concludes.

Cyrus has previously released “Backyard Sessions” with Joan Jett, Laura Jane Grace and Melanie Safka.

 

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Miley Cyrus Wants You to Know the Tabloids Are Wrong and She Is Not Pregnant

The "Wrecking Ball" singer is keeping her sense of humor

And by the same man we mean @justinbieber

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Miley Cyrus has a message to the gossip magazines: #GETITRIGHT. After a recent issue of Life & Style claimed the “Wrecking Ball” singer and fellow pop star Selena Gomez were once “pregnant by the same man,” Cyrus decided to shoot down a silly rumor was with even sillier response: “And by the same man we mean @justinbieber,” she captioned a photo of the cover story in question.

Gomez hasn’t joked about the rumors on social media herself, but maybe because — as someone who actually dated the Biebz for a long time — she probably doesn’t find headlines about “the desperate decisions that changed their lives” quite as funny.

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Watch Anne Hathaway Lip-Sync to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’

The actress flips off her competition while recreating the video

No, you are not dreaming a dream: that really is Anne Hathaway riding a wrecking ball and lip-syncing along to Miley Cyrus’ 2013 hit.

The Oscar-winning actress shows her commitment to her most unexpected role yet by slicking back her hair, sporting Cyrus’ white tank top and red lip stick and getting freaky with construction equipment on Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle, airing Thursdays. (Tear-away pants even make a cameo.)

Now, some of that behavior might not be becoming of a princess of Genovia, but judging by the middle finger Hathaway flashes halfway through — it’s ostensibly directed at her competitor, Emily Blunt, but it could also double as a message to her haters — she doesn’t really care.

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Wilco Cancels Indiana Show to Protest State’s Religious Freedom Law

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs in 2012.
Mark Venema—Getty Images Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs in 2012.

Other artists plan to continue with their shows and speak out against the law

The band Wilco announced Monday it has canceled an upcoming show in Indiana to protest the state’s newly signed and controversial religious objections measure, which was meant to protect certain freedoms but which critics say will allows businesses to deny services to LGBT customers.

“The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us,” the band said in a statement on Facebook, regarding its scheduled May 7 show in Indianapolis. “Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed.”

Other artists such as Cher and Miley Cyrus have spoken out against the law on social media. But not every musician who opposes the law is canceling their shows.

Singer and actress Audra McDonald tweeted that she will donate money she makes at her Indiana shows to organizations fighting the law. Jack Antonoff, the Bleachers mastermind and fun. guitarist, said he plans to use his shows as an opportunity to protest the law.

“I don’t believe in canceling shows in places where awful laws are being passed, I believe in going in SPEAKING OUT,” he tweeted. “The recent legislation in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence signed is repulsive and I fully intend to make that known when I’m in the state.”

Read next: Uproar Over Religious Freedom Law Trips Up Indiana’s Governor

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