Miley Cyrus Thanks Joan Jett for Never Apologizing

Miley Cyrus (left) and Joan Jett

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updated 09/06/2011 AT 11:20 AM ET

originally published 09/06/2011 AT 11:40 AM ET

Miley Cyrus may have been “nervous” before meeting her idol, Joan Jett, but mutual admiration prevailed for the two singers during a recent interview.

Channeling her inner fangirl, Cyrus, 18, chatted with the 52-year-old Runaways singer, whom she nominated for the September “Heroes” issue of V Magazine.

“People see me as this perfect Disney star, and the moment I put out a record that says ‘I’m not 11 years old anymore,’ people look down on me,” Cyrus said. “That’s why I have always looked up [to] you. When you came out people were shocked that there was a chick that wanted to rock as hard as the guys.”

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