A teary Miley Cyrus let a homeless man accept her award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
It was a stark contrast to her performance at last year's show, when the star infamously twerked and danced provocatively on stage.
As Cyrus looked on, the man said: "Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I 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.
"Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."
The singer's decision was reminiscent of Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his award.
The video for her hit Wrecking Ball earned Cyrus the award.