Miley Cyrus is once again proving to be a very different type of young entertainer, who has come up with the unexpected. This time, instead of dazzling fans with her "twerking," she shared tears with the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards by having a homeless teen accept her award for Video of the Year for her, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Aug. 24, 2014.
Cyrus used her moment to bring attention to the issue of homelessness. A homeless young man by the name of Jesse accepted the award for her and used the opportunity to talk about the shocking epidemic dealing with homeless youth. Cyrus cried throughout his speech.
Cyrus won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball" at the MTV Video Music Awards, as reported by The Huffington Post. However, she didn't go onstage herself to accept the award. Jesse, who accepted the award for her, is a formerly homeless runaway from the organization My Friend's Place.
Jesse said he was accepting the award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless kids in the U.S. who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives. He said he has survived in shelters all over Los Angeles. Jesse noted while the music industry will earn over $7 billion dollars this year, there are over 54,000 homeless people in Los Angeles alone. Cyrus and Jesse deserve a round of applause for helping to show the people of the U.S., and the world, that there are scores of people starving in the streets at this very moment who desperately need our help.