August 2014: VMA Date's Jail Sentence
Cyrus returned to the VMAs a year later for a much more subdued appearance as a major nominee, including Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball." This time, she decided to use the massive platform for good, and had Jesse Helt, a formerly homeless young man, accept the night's top award on her behalf. At the podium, Helt spoke about issues pertaining to youth homelessness during a touching speech as Cyrus cried in the audience. But the charitable act backfired when Helt's criminal record came to light soon after the show: He had been arrested in 2010 for breaking and entering an apartment in Oregon, and violated his probation by leaving the state to pursue his artistic dreams in California. He was eventually sentenced to six months in jail.