Born in August of 1961 in Flatwoods, Kentucky, Billy Ray Cyrus is worldwide country music phenomenon. Cyrus dropped out of college after attending a Neil Diamond concert and realizing he wanted to become a musician. In the 1990s, he signed a deal with Mercury Nashville Records. With them, he released many popular songs, including his most successful single, “Achy Breaky Heart.” Before signing with Mercury, however, he spend his days living in his car, facing many hardships.
Cyrus’ first album, Some Gave All, featured four consecutive Top 40 singles. His single “Achy Breaky Heart” reached Number One on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and Number Four on the pop charts. His other singles reached Numbers Two, Twenty-Three and Six, with “Could’ve Been Me,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live” and “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore,” respectively. Throughout the 90s, he released many other successful songs, like “Somebody New,” “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Busy Man” and “Words By Heart.” The album Some Gave All reached 9x Platinum in the U.S., while his following two albums, It Won’t Be the Last and Storm in the Heartland reached Platinum and Gold certification.
The 2000s brought Cyrus success with singles like “You Won’t Be Lonely Now,” “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” and “Somebody Said a Prayer.” His single “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” was released both as a solo act and as a duet with his daughter Miley.
Throughout his career, Cyrus has also won a variety of awards from organizations such as the Country Music Association Awards, Billboard Music Awards, AMOA Jukebox Awards, Country Music Television, People Magazine Awards, Juno Awards, American Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards. He has been named the Best Male Country Artist, Best New Country Artist, Favorite Country New Artist, Best International New Artist of the Year, Entertainer and Male Artist of the Year, and Choice TV Parental Unit, among others. His songs and albums have given him credit for Record of the Year, Pop Record of the Year, Best Selling Single, Favorite Country Single and Top Selling Album. He has also been nominated for Grammy Awards and as been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Walkway of Stars and the VFW Hall of Fame.
Cyrus has also made a career in acting, appearing in films like Wish You Were Dead, Elvis Has Left the Building and The Spy Next Door, as well as television shows, including Hannah Montana and Dancing with the Stars.
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