They may be better known for their rapping than their singing, but that didn’t stop Miley Cyrus from naming Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim among her Favorite Female Singers. The daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus became famous in 2006 for her portrayal as the title character of the television series “Hannah Montana,” but more recently has appeared on Snoop Lion’s “Ashtrays And Heartbreaks” song. Cyrus’ new single “We Can’t Stop” also features her singing Hip Hop slang and was produced by Mike WiLL Made It, the man behind Juicy J’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” among other cuts.
So for Cyrus, naming Lil’ Kim among her Favorite Female Singers was natural. “In my past life, I feel like that was me,” Miley Cyrus says in an interview with Billboard. “I feel like Lil’ Kim is who I am on the inside, and so she just makes me happy listening to her music. And…I just love her and I can’t help that I love her.”
Although Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj have had a long-running rivalry, Cyrus still included Nicki Minaj on her list. “I had to put Nicki…because I did Kim. You can’t, like, choose one. If you say Kim, you’ve gotta say Nicki. Nicki is now my Lil’ Kim of my generation, so that’s cool.”
Cyrus’ other favorite female singers are Dolly Parton, Joan Jett and Beth Hart.