Miley Cyrus is honoring the life and legacy of The Voice contestant Janice Freeman.

Two weeks after Freeman died of complications from pneumonia and a blood clot at age 33, a celebration of life ceremony was held in her honor on Monday and streamed live on Facebookthis link opens in a new tab.

Midway through the memorial, Miley, 26, took the stage with her father Billy Ray Cyrus and struggled to hold back tears as she honored Freeman, who competed on Team Miley during the singing competition show’s 13th season.

Though she was originally expected to perform a solo musical tribute, Miley, who wore an all-black ensemble with her hair pulled into a ponytail, explained that she was too distraught about the death of her friend so her father would be helping instead.

“Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor,” a choked-up Miley began in her speech. “I was never her coach, ever. She was always mine.”

“Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor,” a choked-up Miley began in her speech. “I was never her coach, ever. She was always mine.”

After eliciting laughter from the audience, Miley continued her tearful tribute. “I’ve learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten the honor to be in the room with, not just vocally — I should’ve gotten more lessons than I did — but she taught me everything that I know about love,” the singer said.

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“And, to be here, and I had planned on singing a song for her, but just losing her is just too much for me,” she explained. “So my dad’s gonna take care of this for me.”

“But, I’ll always be your sister, I’m here for you, and I’m here for your family, and Janice I’ll miss you more than I could ever say,” Miley finished, prompting Billy Ray, 57, to kick off a soulful country rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

The “Malibu” singer eventually joined in with her father and the chorus of singers, before finishing out the tribute performance solo.

“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 added after the performance.

Via: People