The Bangerz singer was reduced to tears after she brought out her friend Jesse to accept her Video of the Year award for "Wrecking Ball," and to speak about his experience as a homeless youth.
"I'm like still on the verge of really crying so I could cry talking about it," Miley told MTV News backstage at the Forum in Los Angeles. "I met Jesse, I went to this really cool place, it's called My Friend's Place. I just met him and from the second I saw him I knew that he had something to say."
Fans heard Jesse's message loud and clear. "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," Jesse said during the television broadcast, bringing his date, Cyrus, to tears as she watched on.
Cyrus has partnered with My Friend's Place, a drop-in service center in Hollywood that helps homeless youth get back on track. Between now and September 21, fans can make a donation at Prizeo.com and even get a chance at meeting the singer at an upcoming concert.
"I just knew he had something to say and I just wanted there to be a face to youth homelessness and I felt like he was someone that can be that face," she said backstage, with tears in her eyes again. "That people don't understand that everyone around doesn't look the same and doesn't have the same story. I just wanted him to be able to tell people that."
For Cyrus, this year's VMAs are drastically different from last year's, when she made headlines for her now infamous twerk.
"I feel full. After last year at the VMAs, even though every one talks about it, that doesn't make you feel full," she confessed. "At the end of the day you lay down and you're still the same, you're empty and this makes you feel completely full. It's the most [selfless] thing you could do by giving because it just feels so good."