'The Song's A Smash': Miley Cyrus' Father Hits Back At Criticism Of Naked 'Wrecking Ball' Music Video

Billy Ray Cyrus says it wouldn't have mattered if Miley wore clothes

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Miley Cyrus has caused yet more uproar over the extent of nudity in the music video for her latest single 'Wrecking Ball,' however, her loyal father Billy Ray Cyrus has jumped to the star's defence claiming it wouldn't have mattered if the youngster had covered up as the song is a “smash.”

The 20-year-old has managed to score yet another hit within days of releasing the 'Wrecking Ball' music video which has now become the most-viewed clip in one day on VEVO after clocking up more than 19 million hits, beating One Direction's record and emulating the success of Miley's equally-raunchy single 'We Can't Stop.'

"God-given talent?": Billy Ray Cyrus has defended his daughter Miley over 'Wrecking Ball' (RHS/WENN)

While most who have seen the naked and x-rated antics from Miley in 'Wrecking Ball,' which was directed by famed celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, her father Billy Ray is sticking by his daughter and insists she has “God-given talent.”

“I'm a song man. A musician singer-songwriter who loves all styles of music,” Billy Ray told Entertainment Tonight.

“But again... I come from the old school where it starts with an artist and a song... colliding if you will... in a moment where the song, the singer, the producer, the band and the listener become one."

Miley Cyrus says shooting the 'Wrecking Ball' video was "hard" (WENN)

Addressing the fact that Miley writhes around a giant metal wrecking ball completely in the buff, Billy Ray added: “It wouldn't have mattered if Miley would have worn jeans and a flannel shirt... a Tux... or a nun's habit. The song's a smash... and her performance vocally on the tune reflects her roots and sheer God-given talent.”

Meanwhile, Miley has spoken out about the video and says that it was more difficult to shoot the clip than to record the song due to the emotional message behind the lyrics.

"If people get past the point I make, and you actually look at me, you can tell I look more broken than even the song sounds," she told Z100.

"If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable. … If you look at my eyes, I look more sad than actually my voice sounds on the record.

"It was a lot harder to actually do the video than it was to even record the song. It was much more of an emotional experience.”

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Pharrell Williams passes the mic to Miley Cyrus during their performance at the MySpace party in El Rey Theatre. (Splash News)