Miley Cyrus couldn’t hold back the tears when she was tasked with singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of “The Voice” contestant Janice Freeman. The singer was so choked up that she couldn’t bring herself to begin, so she asked her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus to do the honors.
“Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor,” Miley began. “I was never her coach, ever. She was always mine. I learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten the honor to be in the room with, not just vocally. I should have gotten more lessons than I did but she taught me everything that I know about love. I had planned on singing the song for her but just losing her is too much for me. So just like Dion, my dad’s gonna take care of this for me. And I’ll always be your sister and I’m here for you and I’m here for your family.”
Miley went on to say, “Janice I’ll miss you more than I can ever say,” before handing it over to her dad to take the reins. Miley composed herself and joined her dad as the song went on.
“Thank you guys so much,” she ended the tribute.
Janice passed away on March 2 after a recent battle with pneumonia and a blood clot that eventually travelled to her heart. “The Voice” fans will also remember that Janice had battled cervical cancer in her 33-years of life.
Following Janice’s passing, Miley took to Instagram to share her love for her Team Miley member.
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“I miss you so much it hurts,” Miley wrote. “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. I am trying my best today to celebrate your existence but I can’t help but just deeply mourn over your absence.”
Our thoughts got out to Janice Freeman’s family and friends.