Billy Ray Cyrus is continuing to defend his daughter Miley from all the criticism she has been receiving of late, insisting he admires her creativity and intelligence.

From the 20-year-old singer's racy routine with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards to the video for her new song Wrecking Ball, in which she rides a metal ball while nude, Miley's antics have made headlines around the world, but she still can't do anything wrong in her dad's eyes .

On Tuesday (01Oct13), Billy Ray discussed Miley's upbringing with U.S. chat show host Queen Latifah, explaining that she grew up in a home where popular country artists like Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar player Ed King would teach her their songs, instilling both a love of music and creativity in her at a young age.

So when asked if he found it tough to hear all the negative comments about his daughter, who is clearly heading in a different direction than most expected her to go in, Billy Ray replied, "It's like everything - there's an opposite and equal reaction. For everything that's good, there's gotta be a flip side to that.

"Miley's a really smart young lady. She's a very creative artist. That intangible of reinvention. That's the thing (Miley's godmother) Dolly (Parton) is so good at. You make your music and you do your art, and there's a time you have to figure it out yourself. You can't really count on somebody else to give you that lesson."