Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’s Video of the Year VMA? (VIDEO)
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Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’s Video of the Year VMA? (VIDEO)

Maybe you just saw Miley Cyrus's photos rolling in before and after the fact — or only caught the end of the acceptance speech after "Wrecking Ball" nabbed Video of the Year. Either way, you probably noticed that man on the VMA stage is not Miley. Hint: He's not a mystery man, or a producer, or a fellow member of the gigantic Cyrus brood.

To catch you up: The man accepting the moonman on Miley's behalf is a formerly homeless man named Jesse, promoting a Los Angeles youth homeless shelter called My Friend's Place. After taking the stage, he delivered an emotional speech: “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 went on to deliver some heartbreaking stats on homelessness in L.A.: "The music industry will make over $7 million this year and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home." Jesse then directed fans to Miley's Facebook page to find out how they can help. A tearful Miley, meanwhile, watched from the sidelines.

Miley had to know that all eyes would be on her this year after her eyebrow-raising performance last year, when she rubbed her butt on Robin Thicke in an ill-fitting, nude, vinyl bikini — and we're super proud that she used that spotlight to promote a worthy cause.

What do you think of Miley handing over the spotlight? Hit the comments and let us know!

08.24.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Sarah Anne Lloyd
Related: MTV VMAs, Miley Cyrus, Music, News, Pop Divas

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