Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Billy Ray Cyrus

updated 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Cyrus, 46, and daughter Miley, 15, co-host the CMT Music Awards in Nashville on April 14 (airing at 8 p.m. ET).

ON COHOSTING WITH MILEY She and I both play everything by ear, and I've got a feeling we're just going to wing it. We're just looking for a good time.

ON BEING A PROTECTIVE POP There was one time it got really crazy with Miley [and the paparazzi], and I wasn't there. That next day I found every one of those guys and I said, "Guys, this is man-to-man, put your cameras down and let me talk to you." And we sat underneath a shade tree, and I said, "My little girl is 15, and you guys scared her to death. Get yourselves together!" They apologized, and it's been different ever since.

ON MILEY'S NAME CHANGE She was [born] Destiny Hope, but had always just gone by Miley. When she said she wanted to change her official name to Miley Ray, I tried to stop her, but she had her heart set on it. My name is Billy Ray and my dad was Ronald Ray, so I think she just wanted to carry on the Ray tradition. So now I'm changing my name—I'm going with Billy Hope!

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