The "Adore You" singer honored the rocker while nearly topless in Cleveland

By Lindsay Kimble
April 19, 2015 12:10 PM
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Leave it to Miley Cyrus to make even admiration scandalous.

The 22-year-old “Wrecking Ball” songstress inducted Joan Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday, sharing anecdotes about her own experiences with Jett and opting for one of her usual, shocking ensembles.

Cyrus performed “Crimson And Clover” alongside Jett, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame with her band Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, before honoring the “Cherry Bomb” singer in speech.

Jett, 56, first grew to fame in the ’70s with all-girl punk-rock band The Runaways, before fronting the Blackhearts and creating some of her most iconic hits – “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Bad Reputation.” Her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class also included punk trio Green Day, ex-Beatle Ringo Starr (who was honored by Paul McCartney), and posthumously, Lou Reed.

Cyrus was photographed backstage at the show wearing a cutout leather dress, with only pink heart-shaped pasties covering her nipples, each with a letter J written on them in honor of Jett’s initials.

The controversial pop star accessorized with black fishnets, chunky boots and a leather coat bearing her own initials.

Paul McCartney, Joan Jett and Miley Cyrus
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Cyrus later changed into a mildly less provocative outfit to give her actual speech, donning a chic black ensemble.

“I’m going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett,” Cyrus started, before telling a story about smoking pot with Jett before an Oprah Live! appearance in 2011.

“The show was where new artists got to perform with their idols, and I wanted to perform with Joan, of course,” she continued. “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.”

The singer also likened Jett to Superwoman, highlighting her impressive career.

“She was also the first major female artist to start her own record label, and that was only because thousands of other labels said that there wasn’t a market for that kind of music,” added Cyrus.

Cyrus finished by speaking about how Jett personally inspires her.

“Instead of changing for all those people, if you don’t like how the world is, change it yourself,” she said. “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.”

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