The memorial was streamed live on Janice’s Facebook page, and Miley’s tribute can be found about an hour in. She was already crying before she began to speak. “Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor,” she said to start, according to People. “I was never her coach, ever. She was always mine.”
“I’ve learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten the honor to be in the room with,” she continued, “not just vocally — I should’ve gotten more lessons than I did — but she taught me everything that I know about love.”
Miley said she was too emotional to sing for Janice, so she had her dad Billy Ray Cyrus kick off a performance of “Amazing Grace” on the guitar. Miley eventually joined in with the group to sing the song as well, and she sounded great.
“Thank you for letting us be a part of your family, and thank you, Janice, for letting me be your friend. It’s been an honor,” Miley said when the song was finished.
Miley’s relationship with Janice went beyond their time together on Season 13 of The Voice. Miley even helped Janice and her family find a place to live, paid six months of rent, and gave them a deposit for a house. Janice posted an Instagram video thanking Miley for her kindness, saying, “Her heart is so true.”
Miley posted several tributes to Janice on social media after her death.
“I miss you so much it hurts,” she wrote in one Instagram post. “Everywhere ….. but so did you. So often. So much pain and no one would ever notice because of the smile and joy you constantly radiated.”
Janice had survived cervical cancer and was also battling lupus. According to a statement from her team, the 33-year-old passed away due to “an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart.”
Miley went on to praise Janice as an artist, saying she wanted to create a label just for her to be on it. She also shared that she had been creating music with Brandi Carlile before her death. Miley called Janice “the best fucking singer in the world,” adding, “I will never forget you or stop loving you.”