In sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Miley Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage, the 21-year-old gave last night’s top spot to a homeless man called Jesse as he picked up the award for Video of the Year on her behalf.
“Thank y’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. I know this because I am one of these people,” he said, as a teary Cyrus looked on.
“Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”
Cyrus’ decision to let someone else accept her award to promote a cause was reminiscent of Marlon Brando’s 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his Oscar trophy.
And here’s how she won.