In fact, that’s probably the most perfect time for Cyrus to be a total fangirl, open up and just be Miley (nipples and all).
— Rock Hall (@rock_hall) April 18, 2015
Last night in Cleveland, Cyrus started off her speech to induct Jett and the Blackhearts into the Hall of Fame by going back in time and reminiscing:
Thank you guys so much. I’m going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett. We were doing Oprah together, and I went up to Joan’s hotel room. Joan opens the door, and I come in, and Kenny Laguna is laying in bed. I don’t know what the fuck is going on. There’s towels shoved underneath all the door cracks, shower caps around all the smoke detectors. Joan is running around spraying orange-smelling cleaner to mask the smell of the pot (that’s what you guys call it), and we go into her bathroom.
The show was where new artists got to perform with their idols, and I wanted to perform with Joan, of course. And we were in her bathroom, and we were smoking and just talking, and this was one of the moments in my life where I wanted to be as present and absorb everything that she said to me. I listened to her talk about her days with the Runaways. She talked about music. She talked about why she loves animals, and she doesn’t want to eat them. I was getting to have this moment with someone that, to me, is Superwoman. What Superwoman really should be.
It’s evident how high of a regard Cyrus holds for Jett; she’s even been including some of her songs into her concerts for years.
She paid tribute to Jett on her Instagram, posting a pic of her clad in nipple pasties with Jett and Paul McCartney:
A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on
She also caused a stir by posting this pic of her wearing the nipple pasties and showing off her armpit hair, captioned “Joan’s cheerleader”:
Joan’s cheerleader A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on
Cyrus ended her speech by saying,
I know her less as a deity, but now I have this connection, and I have this connection with her that she can be a guide for me. Growing up, my dad always kept me around music, and I spent a lot of time with all different artists. But I know there isn’t one other person on this planet that’s been an inspiration to me like you have. Joan’s music, her activism, who she is. 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! 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.
Read Cyrus’s entire speech on Rolling Stone. Jett performed her classics like “Bad Reputation” and “Cherry Bomb,” and then she and Cyrus performed a cover of Tommy James& the Shondells‘ “Crimson & Clover.”
— Rock Hall (@rock_hall) April 19, 2015
The ceremony will air on May 30th as an HBO special.
[Lead photo credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images]