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Billy Ray Cyrus says his daughter is evolving as an artist and entertainer.  The country singer and actor tells CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" that Miley put a lot of effort into creating a "special moment" at the MTV Video Music Awards, and the stir she's caused is a testament to her talent. 

Billy Ray explains that Miley is trying to move past her "Hannah Montana" days, and she knows it's going to take "something extremely drastic" to "come out of the shadows" of her former Disney show. 

He adds that Miley is an intelligent and driven young woman, and isn't out partying and getting arrested but is focused on her art. 

He also says that as a father, nothing could make him happier than seeing his daughter thriving, working with incredibly talented people, and doing what she loves. 

Watch the interview below: