Promotional efforts for Bangerz continued to associate Cyrus with an increasingly provocative image, an effort first begun with her third record, Can't Be Tamed (2010).She garnered widespread media attention through a controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and was later the host and musical guest during an episode of Saturday Night Live.Bangerz received mixed to positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who praised its overall production and originality, and complimented Cyrus' public persona evolution.The record debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 270,000 copies.
When you're in your 20s, you just don't really know that person anymore." In 2012, Cyrus announced plans to focus on her film career, effectively putting her musical endeavors on hiatus.
That year, she appeared in the films LOL and So Undercover.
She was also confirmed as a primary voice actress in the feature film Hotel Transylvania, but dropped out of the project to coordinate a musical comeback.
The second single "Wrecking Ball" was released on August 25, 2013, and became Cyrus' first single to peak in the top position in the United States.
Its accompanying music video held the record for the fastest video to reach 100 million views on Vevo being beaten by Adele's "Hello" music video in 2015, it also earned Cyrus the award for "Video of The Year" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, giving Cyrus her first Grammy nomination.