"To be here, with Noah, seeing her -- she's really hitting full stride as an artist, a singer, songwriter, musician," Billy Ray gushed. "She's found her calling and I'm just happy to be here and watch that performance. I still just love great music, and this one happens to be my daughter!"
Noah was also "extremely excited" for her appearance, the first time she will perform her new single, "Stay Together." She opened up about growing into readiness to take on the demands of a music career.
"[Music was] always running through my veins. I've always loved music, except I've tried to avoid for a little while," she explains. "And then, when I was 14 I was like, 'I want to be in music, I'm ready now.' But I waited until I was a little older, I didn't want to be a 14-year-old on the road."
Noah's older sister, Miley, isn't scheduled to make an appearance at the awards show, but she has been working on new music with a new single set for release later this month.
Speaking on that new music, which showcases a more vulnerable side of Miley, Billy Ray says the music is a result of some soul-searching.
"I think she just kind of found herself at a spot where it was a good time to lean into her roots and just enjoy the music process, and dig deep in her soul," he says. "She's got a great album coming out."