Cyrus tells the crowd she "could not be more appreciative" at her first major public appearance

By Michelle Tan and Michelle Tauber
Updated May 03, 2008 09:50 PM
Credit: Matt Stroshane/DISNEY CHANNEL

A week after her controversial Vanity Fair portrait was revealed, Miley Cyrus rocked the stage – and thanked her fans – at the Disney Channel Games concert Saturday night.

“I hope you had an awesome time,” Cyrus told the crowd after performing her set. “I saw a sign back there that said, ‘Miley, I’m praying for you.’ I could not be more appreciative. Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love every one of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you.”

Cyrus kicked off the night with “See You Again” and also debuted two new songs, “Fly on the Wall” and “Breakout,” off her upcoming album, dropping on July 22.

Even the downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of her fans, who stood in front of the stage and chanted “Miley” in between numbers.

The Jonas Brothers, the Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock star Demi Lovato and Jordan Pruitt also performed at the outdoor show, which capped off the week-long Disney Channel Games. The concert will air in July.

In preparation for her performance, Cyrus opted to skip Friday night’s Disney Channel Games media party.

The hard work continued until just an hour before the show, when Cyrus – clad in a white tank top, white jeans and gold earrings – was spotted still putting the finishing touches on her routine and bouncing around on stage with her dancers.