For the second year in a row, Miley Cyrus did something unique at the MTV Video Music Awards.
This year, however, instead of raising eyebrows with her provocative dance moves, the singer used her time at the podium to raise awareness of an issue dear to her heart.
After Jimmy Fallon announced her video for “Wrecking Ball” won Video of the Year, the singer sent a young man named Jesse on stage to accept the award.
“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 said. “I know this because I am one of these people.”
“I survived in shelters all over the city. I’ve cleaned your hotel rooms. I’ve been an extra in your movie. I’ve been an extra in your life,” he said. “Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”
Jesse asked viewers at home and in the audience to check out Cyrus’s Facebook page, where she’s giving out information about My Friend’s Place, “a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.”
“A dream we dream together is a reality,” Jesse concluded.