What Miley Cyrus did at VMAs will make you cry -- but not for what you think

26 August 2014 / 2 years 1 month ago

Miley Cyrus let her homeless friend accept her prize at the MTV Video Music Awards last night (24.08.14).

The 'Wrecking Ball' singer was given the Video of the Year gong at the ceremony in Los Angeles, but 22-year-old Jesse was invited to accept the honour on her behalf.

In emotional speech, he said: "I am accepting this award for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the US who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now.

"I know this because I'm one of those people. I've survived in shelters all over the city. I've cleaned your hotel rooms, I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your life. Although I've been invisible to you I have a lot of the same dreams that have brought me to you tonight."

He then directed fans to visit Miley's official Facebook page, where a statement was posted encouraging people to help "end youth homelessness".

In a statement, she wrote: "Help me raise awareness and funds to end youth homelessness! This is just the beginning for me, but we're going to get started now by focusing on My Friend's Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood."

Speaking to E! News, she said: "Last year [at the VMAs] was so stressful that this year, I'm so happy."

Miley, who works with My Friends Place to help homeless youth, later gorged on a meaty feast from popular fast food chain In-N-Out Burger with Jesse.

The young star has also "retired" from twerking.

Speaking to MTV, she said: "I've retired [from twerking], yeah. I'm making some music right now with The Flaming Lips. It's different. It's a little psychedelic."

The 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker's decision to quit the raunchy move comes after she watched Nicki Minaj twerk during her performance of 'Anaconda' at the VMAs in Inglewood, California, last night (24.08.14).

When speaking about how 'Anaconda' had beaten 'Wrecking Ball' for the most views in 24 hours, Miley said: "With that ass ... I ain't got that ass. I can bring that body, I can bring that wrecking ball, but I can't bring that ass. Not that Anaconda."

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