A Whole New Miley? Cyrus Was Totally Different At VMAs

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A Whole New Miley? Cyrus Was Totally Different at VMAs

For the second year in a row, Miley Cyrus really stood out at the MTV Video Music Awards. But this year, the singer decided to spend her time in the spotlight a little differently when she won the coveted Video of the Year moonman.

JIMMY FALLON: "Miley Cyrus! 'Wrecking Ball!'"
JESSE: "Thank you all. My name is Jesse. And I'm accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States."

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Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museums latest exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass May 4, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 23: Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Perth Arena on October 23, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 23: Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Perth Arena on October 23, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Allphones Arena on October 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Allphones Arena on October 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Allphones Arena on October 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Allphones Arena on October 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Miley Cyrus performs at the opening night of her Bangerz Tour in Australia at Rod Laver Arena on October 10, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Miley Cyrus performs at the opening night of her Bangerz Tour in Australia at Rod Laver Arena on October 10, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Miley Cyrus performs at the opening night of her Bangerz Tour in Australia at Rod Laver Arena on October 10, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 08: Miley Cyrus performs live at her opening night of The Bangerz Tour at Vector Arena on October 8, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz tour at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, in Mexico city, on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO /RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, on June 22, 2014, as part of her Bangerz Tour. AFP PHOTO / ANP / PAUL BEREGN ***Netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus (L) performs during her Bangerz tour at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, in Mexico city, on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO /RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz tour at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, in Mexico city, on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO /RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus (R) performs during her Bangerz tour at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, in Mexico city, on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO /RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performance during her Bangerz tour at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon State, Mexico on September 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 17: Miley Cyrus performs during concert on June 17, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs during the World Music Awards at Monte Carlo Sporting Club, on may 27, 2014 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert on the UK leg of her Bangerz tour, at the O2 Arena, London, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus is seen at the VMA at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert on the UK leg of her Bangerz tour, at the O2 Arena, London, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus performs at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus arrives at The O2 by river boat on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus arrives at The O2 by river boat on May 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 12: Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert during her ‘Bangerz Tour’ at the Verizon Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert during her ‘Bangerz Tour’ at the Verizon Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert during her ‘Bangerz Tour’ at the Verizon Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert during her ‘Bangerz Tour’ at the Verizon Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert during her ‘Bangerz Tour’ at the Verizon Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs in concert during her ‘Bangerz Tour’ at the Verizon Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Miley Cyrus (R) kisses Patrick Schwarzenegger during the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Miley Cyrus (R) kisses Patrick Schwarzenegger during the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Miley Cyrus (R) kisses Patrick Schwarzenegger during the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Miley Cyrus (R) kisses Patrick Schwarzenegger during the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Miley Cyrus (R) kisses Patrick Schwarzenegger during the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Miley Cyrus (R) kisses Patrick Schwarzenegger during the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Miley Cyrus (R) kisses Patrick Schwarzenegger during the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and model Dita von Teese attend amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Miley Cyrus (L), Rihanna and designer Tom Ford attend amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Miley Cyrus (L), Rihanna and designer Tom Ford attend amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: John Dempsey and Miley Cyrus attend amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Tish Cyrus and Miley Cyrus attend amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
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CORRECTS SOURCE IN BYLINE Jesse Helt appears in the Polk County courthouse for an arraignment regarding a probation violation in Dallas, Ore. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Helt, the young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, arrived 45 minutes late for his arraignment on a charge that he violated his probation in Oregon. Helt didn't enter a plea and he's due back in court next month. (AP Photo/MailOnline.com, Natalie Behring, Pool)
CORRECTS SOURCE IN BYLINE Jesse Helt appears in the Polk County courthouse for an arraignment regarding a probation violation in Dallas, Ore. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Helt, the young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, arrived 45 minutes late for his arraignment on a charge that he violated his probation in Oregon. Helt didn't enter a plea and he's due back in court next month. (AP Photo/MailOnline.com, Natalie Behring, Pool)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus and Jesse attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
My Friend's Place representative Jesse (R) accepts Video of the Year with singer Miley Cyrus (L) for 'Wrecking Ball' on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Jesse accepts the award for Video of the Year from Jimmy Fallon on behalf of Miley Cyrus on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
My Friend's Place representative Jesse (2nd L) accepts Video of the Year with singer Miley Cyrus (L) for 'Wrecking Ball' on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Comedian Jimmy Fallon, My Friend's Place representative Jesse, and recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Cori Broadus, rapper Snoop Dogg, Friend's Place representative Jesse Helt, and singer Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: My Friend's Place representative Jesse accepts Video of the Year (on behalf of Miley Cyrus) for 'Wrecking Ball' onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: My Friend's Place representative Jesse Helt (L) and recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus arrives to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus wins Video of the Year for 'Wrecking Ball' at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus wins Video of the Year for 'Wrecking Ball' at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA- AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus arrives to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus (Shoe Detail) arrives to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus wins Video of the Year for 'Wrecking Ball' at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) My Friend's Place representative Jesse, recording artist Miley Cyrus, and actress Brandi Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: My Friend's Place representative Jesse (L) and singer Miley Cyrus speak onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Miley Cyrus (fashion detail) attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singers Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and My Friend's Place representative Jesse attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singers Ariana Grande (L) and Miley Cyrus speak onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: My Friend's Place representative Jesse and singer Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: My Friend's Place representative Jesse and singer Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
My Friend's Place representative Jesse (2nd L) accepts Video of the Year with singer Miley Cyrus (L) for 'Wrecking Ball' on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
My Friend's Place representative Jesse (R) accepts Video of the Year with singer Miley Cyrus (L) for 'Wrecking Ball' on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Comedian Jimmy Fallon, My Friend's Place representative Jesse, and recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and actress Laverne Cox attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Cori Broadus, rapper Snoop Dogg, Friend's Place representative Jesse, and singer Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Katy Perry, Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus, winner of Video of the Year award for 'Wrecking Ball', poses in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus, winner of Video of the Year award for 'Wrecking Ball', poses in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Recording artists Sam Smith, Juicy J, Miley Cyrus and My Friend's Place representative Jesse attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Comedian Jimmy Fallon, My Friend's Place representative Jesse, and recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and My Friend's Place representative Jesse attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and My Friend's Place representative Jesse attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
Miley Cyrus arrives on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and My Friend's Place representative Jesse attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Miley Cyrus poses in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and rapper Snoop Dogg attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Miley Cyrus and Jeremy Scott attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and TV personality Chelsea Handler attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer/actresses Lucy Hale (L) and Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording atist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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That was the beginning of a touching speech that brought an emotional Cyrus to tears as she watched from the side of the stage.

JESSE: "I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your life. Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."

This was a drastically different Miley Cyrus than the one we've gotten used to seeing during the past year, starting with her shocking 2013 VMA performance with Robin Thicke.

Even during her appearance before the show, Cyrus seemed a little more subdued than her usual controversial self, opting to talk about her music rather than twerk up and down the red carpet.

MILEY CYRUS: "I'm more onto kinda like, you know, I'm making some music right now with the Flaming Lips. You know, I just live to be in the studio, that's my favorite part. It's not about twerking, it's about music."

Fans on Twitter definitely noticed, with most tweets praising Cyrus for her effort to raise awareness for homeless youth.

And so did several major media outlets, with People magazine calling the speech "one of the most arresting moments of the broadcast" and Billboard praising Cyrus for her "selfless, totally unexpected move."

And now, The New York Times asks the big question on our minds - Was this move an attempt to improve her controversial image? The paper admits, "It was hard to fully understand her motives on Sunday night. It certainly demonstrated a Madonna-level understanding of media manipulation."

But whatever her professional intention was here, Cyrus definitely garnered some support for homeless youth awareness.

Jesse ended his emotional acceptance speech by asking viewers to check out Cyrus' Facebook page.

She's posted information there about My Friend's Place, which is a homeless center for young people in Hollywood. The post got more than 19,000 shares Sunday night.

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