August 25, 2014


Miley Cyrus Sends Homeless Youth to Accept Her VMA Award

Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV
Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV

At the 2014 MTV VMAs, Miley Cyrus received the Video of the Year award for her controversial "Wrecking Ball" video, but the pop star didn't leave the audience to accept the honor. Instead she motioned for her date to head to the stage and receive the award on her behalf.

The pop star sat on a railing in the audience in tears while the man, dressed in a stylish white shirt and black blazer, read a prepared speech. "Thank you all—my name is Jesse, and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now," he read, as presenter Jimmy Fallon held the microphone. "I know this because I am one of those people... I've survived in shelters all over. ... Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have the same dreams as many of you."

Jesse urged the audience to educate themselves on youth homelessness by visiting Miley's facebook page, where Cyrus encourages fans to donate to the Los Angeles shelter My Friend's Place. Cyrus is also sponsoring a sweepstakes that will award one lucky donor with a trip to see her perform in Brazil.