Via Rolling Stone: Miley said before playing her infamous version of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ this year: ‘I want to play a song by one of the artists that inspired me. Without them I wouldn’t be here. They are the ones who gave me the strength and courage to do this. I hope I can be that person for you guys.’
Miley was born over a year after Nevermind came out and it’s hard to imagine just exactly how Nirvana inspired her to audition for Hannah Montana or record any of her songs, but those are her words.
When she had started singing this on tour earlier this year her popularity had dramatically plunged in America, and when the videos started hitting YouTube the comments were just vicious. Fairly or not, it seemed to embody everything that people dislike about her.