At Saturday’s Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards gala, the singer stepped up to help sell the white piano, donated to a fundraising auction for the center by Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose, in a rather unconventional way: She got on stage and licked it.
And that (in)famous Cyrus tongue that we’re all so tired of seeing must have worked some magic — the instrument sold for a cool $50,000.
Cyrus wasn’t just at the gala to use her unpredictable antics to make auction items more appealing to bidders. She was actually there to be presented with the Vanguard Award for her work with her Happy Hippy Foundation.
"I want all of you to know that I feel beyond grateful to be in a room full of so many…people who care so much about others because unfortunately that is way too rare in the world that we live in today," Cyrus said when she accepted the award. "I'm thinking of tonight not as celebrating what we've already done but what we're doing and what we're going to do in the future."
Cyrus also plugged some of the work her foundation is doing to advocate for runaway teens, many of them part of the LGBTQ community.
"There are more than 1.6 million runaway or homeless young people in the U.S. each year with 40 percent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ," she said. "And in just Hollywood where we are all sitting, royally with all of our food in front of us and all of these fancy ass clothes…something didn't' really feel quite right about it when we're in a city where there are more than 6,100 homeless people under the age of 24 on the streets on any given day and more than one in four of these people have experienced hate crimes due to their race, sexual orientation or their gender identity."
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