INGLEWOOD, CA (PIX11) — A former homeless man accepted the Video of the Year award on behalf of Miley Cyrus at Sunday’s Video Music Awards.
In his speech, the man who identified himself as Jesse, said “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’m one of those people.”
Cyrus, who won for her “Wrecking Ball” video, watched from the crowd. Jesse continued his speech with information about the music industry and homelessness.
“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,” he said.
Jesse wrapped up the speech by telling audience members to go to Cyrus’ Facebook page, where she is taking donations to end youth homelessness. Her focus is currently on My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.
“For every $5 donation, you’ll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Brazil to hang out with me at my show in Rio de Janeiro,” Cyrus wrote on her Facebook post.
The moving speech ended with “A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality.”