WATCH: Miley Cyrus Lets Homeless Teen Accept Award for 2014 MTV VMA Video of the Year

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Miley Cyrus said on the 2014 MTV VMA red carpet before the broadcast began, “It’s not about twerking, it’s about the music.” We assumed she was trying to make up for last year’s foam sex finger debacle by donning a demure leather outfit, sporting well-groomed hair, and rattling off platitudes about her art, but she saved her jaw-dropping moment for the very end of the night.

She took home the night’s biggest honor (aside from the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), winning Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball.” But instead of going up on stage to accept the award presented by Jimmy Fallon herself, Miley sent up an adorable, quaking teenager named Jesse, who accepted the award “on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States.”

YEAH. WE KNOW.

He was even shaking so hard that Jimmy Fallon kindly stepped in to hold the mic for him so that he could shuffle around the notecards he was reading off of. Jesse went on to give an impassioned speech about how the music industry will clear over $7 billion dollars this year, while 54,000 teens are homeless in Los Angeles alone. Apparently, powerful change in the world starts on Miley’s Facebook page, which is where Jesse instructed us to go.

Check out the stunner below.

(And in case you’d like to see her formally renounce the art of twerk…)

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