Who Is the Homeless Man Who Accepted Miley's VMA?

Miley Cyrus was expected to do something shocking at the Video Music Awards, but this was a real surprise.
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Miley Cyrus often leaves us speechless with her antics. But at this year's VMAs the pop princess found a new way to cause a stir. And this time she says it's all for a good cause. You might call it deja Vu. It's one day after the VMAs and Miley Cyrus is dominating the pop news cycle. But there was no twerking, no phone finger waving this time. ? I came in like a wrecking ball ? Reporter: When "Wrecking ball" won the coveted moon man for video of the year -- Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking ball." Reporter: Instead of going onstage she decided to let this homeless man accept her award for her. 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. I know this because I'm one of these people. Reporter: His name is Jesse help, a 22-year-old from Salem, Oregon. Aspiring model he had a page on the website modelmay pem. His mom told "The oregonian" newspaper at one point he was living in a bush. Tears began to stream down Miley's face as the pop star watched from the audience. I've survived in shelters, cleaned your hotel rooms, been an extra in your movies. Reporter: Paid homage to Marlon brando who sent a homeless woman to collect an award. A protest against the movie industry's treatment of native Americans. Jesse and his speech asking people to check out Miley's Facebook page where she posted a video about youth homelessness. Right here in L.A. A few miles from where I live there are young people who are just like you and me with huge dreams. Reporter: After the show, Miley instagramed a picture with the man she called her hero at in-and-out burger celebrating her big night. She's received wide-ranging prays from supporters like maria shriver the whiting, smart use of air time. And Susan sarandon, thanks Miley sigh yus for making the invisible homeless visible. A shark different from the media firestorm she generated from last year's widely panned performance. The VMAs are synonymous with shocking surprises. Who could forget Kanye's outburst against Taylor swift a few years back. Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! Reporter: Or Britney and Madonna's infamous girl kiss. Miley says this isn't a one-time media stunt. This is just the beginning for me so we've got to start somewhere. Specifically I want us to focus on my friend's place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood. Reporter: Those who donate will get the chance to hang out backstage at her concert in Brazil. The homeless organization my friend's place told ABC news they've already raised over $200,000 in 24 hours. A dream you dream alone is only a dream. But a dream we dream together is reality. Reporter: Which goes to show that going off-script for a good cause can have its rewards. What a difference a year makes, going from naughty to noble. Talk about an image makeover for miss Miley. Thanks for watching ABC news.

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