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Miley Cyrus was set to receive the Ultimate Choice Award at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, but within minutes of the show airing live, presenter Victoria Justice announced that the pop star would not be able to make it to accept the show’s highest honor.
More than halfway into the show, Cyrus took to her Instagram to announce that her absence is due to the “unrealistic schedule” she has made for herself and went on to apologize to her fans, who were pining to see her accept the surfboard trophy live.
To my dearest fans & all of those watching @teenchoicefox ! I want to say thank you from the very bottom of my heart for presenting me with #TheUltimateChoiceAward ! I am beyond bummed I couldn’t make it to the show as I had every intention of being there to accept and celebrate this honor! I created an unrealistic schedule for myself which leads me to this announcement! I’ve been tryin to keep the secret but I can’t hide it any longer! My new single / music video #YoungerNow will be dropping this Friday , Aug 18th & I am sooooooo EXCITED to share it with all of you! I hope to always make people smile and shine light thru my work! I look forward to making music for the rest of my life and I’m thankful everyday for those who listen! I am sending so much love and peace into the world right now because THATS what we need most! Love Love & more LOVE!
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The singer also announced her new single “Younger Now,” from her album of the same name, and that it would drop on Aug. 18.
The award is a nod to Cyrus’ involvement in the kids-voted show for more than a decade. Cyrus is a proud owner of 18 TCA awards and is one of six artists in Teen Choice history to receive the Ultimate Choice Award.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Cyrus’ rep for more details about her last-minute absence from the show.
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