Leave it to Miley to rock the VMA boat one way or another.
This time it wasn't with a wrecking ball, but with a homeless man. When she won the award for best video of the year, she sent a young man who was all dressed up and could have been an up-and-coming rocker to the microphone. But he was Jesse, her "date" for the night.
The #myfriendsplace is My Friend's Place, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles.
She sent him to the microphone so that he could make a moving and impassioned plea for homeless youth everywhere.
"Thank you all — my name is Jesse, and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million homeless youth," he said, reading from a piece of paper as Miley sat near the stage, fighting back tears. "I've survived in shelters all over. … Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have the same dreams as many of you."
Twitter erupted with praise for Miley.
What a difference a year makes.