Miley Cyrus was nominated for four awards and set to accept the highest honor, The Ultimate Choice Award, at 2017 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, but she is nowhere on the show and the audience is not happy.
“I know,” presenter Victoria Justice told the crowd. “It’s a bummer.”
Cyrus took to Instagram to apologize and explain her absence, admitting that she “created an unrealistic schedule” for herself as she get ready to drop her new single, “Younger Now.”
“To my dearest fans & all of those watching @teenchoicefox ! I want to say thank you from the very bottom of my heart for presenting me with #TheUltimateChoiceAward !” the 24-year-old pop star wrote together with the artwork for her upcoming single. “I am beyond bummed I couldn’t make it to the show as I had every intention of being there to accept and celebrate this honor!”
“I created an unrealistic schedule for myself which leads me to this announcement!” she continued. “I’ve been tryin to keep the secret but I can’t hide it any longer! My new single / music video #YoungerNow will be dropping this Friday, Aug 18th & I am sooooooo EXCITED to share it with all of you!”
“I hope to always make people smile and shine light thru my work! I look forward to making music for the rest of my life and I’m thankful everyday for those who listen! I am sending so much love and peace into the world right now because THATS what we need most! Love Love & more LOVE!”
“Younger Now” is also the title of Cyrus’ new album, which will be out on Sept. 29.
Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, told ET that Miley “really leaned into her roots with this new album, ‘Malibu’ in particular.”
He continued, “I mean, the sounds that were roaring out of our house and the people that were coming through our house as great songwriters — Carl Perkins and Waylon, Hank Cochran, some of the greatest songwriters in the world. Ed King, who wrote ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ was frequently at the house…”
“I think Miley absorbed a lot of those sounds and a lot of that conversation,” he noted. “It becomes part of who you are.”