Miley Cyrus Calls Joan Jett Her ‘Biggest Inspiration’ at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

By Brian Ives 

Miley Cyrus has always made her fandom of Joan Jett known.

As she related during her moving speech inducting Jett and the Blackhearts into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (April 18), she once requested to perform with Jett on Oprah Winfrey’s show, in a series that paired new artists with their influences. She talked about smoking pot with Jett in a bathroom paid for by Oprah, covering the smoke detectors with shower caps. And that, Cyrus said, was the first time she wanted to have sex with Jett. (She’s not alone: Blackheart guitarist Ricky Byrd said during his speech, “Let’s get it straight Miley, we all wanted to f— Joan!”)

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“She’s a superwoman, and what a superwoman should be,” Cyrus continued. She also told a story about Jett going to Jerusalem where she wasn’t familiar with the customs and culture, and she made the mistake of praying at the men’s side of the Wailing Wall. Apparently, she was the only woman ever to make this error, and it’s clearly one that resonated with Cyrus.

She then spoke about Jett’s longtime manager, saying, “There are probably people in this room who are married to people who they love less than you love each other.” She also noted that every artist should be so lucky to have someone like that in their career and life.

Finally, “There isn’t one other person on this planet that has been an  inspiration to me like you have.” She said what she learned from Jett was, “If you don’t like the way the world is, change it yourself!”

Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett at the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

As for Jett’s speech, made after all of the Blackhearts, she said, “I was gonna try and not cry and be tough,” but she was choked up the minute she got on the mic. “It’s important to see another woman who does things her way, and she does,” Jett said to Cyrus.

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“Hey mom and dad, did you ever think that Christmas guitar would lead to this?” Jett continued.

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