Miley Cyrus is making headlines for a much different reason following this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

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After winning Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball," the 21-year-old pop sensation let a formerly homeless friend accept the award in an effort to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

"I am accepting this award for 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'm one of those people," Jesse told the audience.

"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."

Cyrus posted the photo below on Instagram earlier in the night, mentioning My Friend's Place, an L.A.-area organization focused on helping homeless children.