Miley Cyrus sends homeless youth to collect MTV Video Music Award

Singer won the Video of the Year award for 'Wrecking Ball'

Miley Cyrus scooped the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in Los Angeles last night.

The singer was awarded the prize for her famous ‘Wrecking Ball’ video. Rather than taking to the stage herself, however, Cyrus instead asked homeless youth Jesse to accept the award on her behalf.

Having received the gong from talk show host Jimmy Fallon, Jesse gave an emotional speech about youth homelessness in the US as a teary Cyrus watched on.

“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.

“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. Los Angeles, entertainment capital, has the largest population of homeless youth in America. The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home.”

Cyrus is now seeking donations for a new Los Angeles homeless centre. Posting on Facebook shortly after her award win, the singer 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”.

The 21-year-old stole the headlines at last year’s VMAs when during a performance with singer Robin Thicke she stripped down to a flesh-coloured bikini and was seen pointing at Thicke’s crotch with a foam finger before “twerking” provocatively. MTV were criticised by America’s Parents Television Council (PTC) for broadcasting the performance.