Miley Cyrus Performs Backyard Session with Joan Jett for Happy Hippie Foundation
After making headlines (for non-tongue or twerk related reasons) last year by having Jesse Helt accept her award for Video Of The Year on behalf of homeless youth, the Bangerz pop princess is now officially kicking off a nonprofit organization to support homeless and LGBT youth: The Happy Hippie Foundation.
The outspoken equality advocate and LGBT warrior explained her uniquely powerful position in pop culture in an interview with the Associated Press: "When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot. It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you." Hey, if you got it...use it, right?
And really, it's not all surprising that the singer behind "We Can't Stop" is tireless in her dedication to the cause: "It's like the birds chirping. We're consciously ignoring it at all times, but it's always happening right in front of us," she says.
According to the AP, the money raised by the organization will be used for "digital support groups" for LGBT youth and families, as well as providing funds for my Friend's Place, a Hollywood homeless youth organization. And that's not all!
To help generate awareness for the Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley's premiering another set of her wonderful Backyard Sessions, a series of stripped-down acoustic live videos shot in her backyard that have time and time again proven herself to be an impressive and truly talented singer — all without any of the distracting leotards or twerking teddybears.
Today, she's kicked off the announcement with a performance featuring the legendary Joan Jett and her song "Different." To no surprise, their two raspy voices blend together seamlessly for a spirited rendition of Jett's appropriately defiant, anti-bullying Unvarnished track. Two peas in a pro-LGBT pod, really.
According to Vulture, future guests will include Ariana Grande, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace and Melanie Safka. (In fact, Miley just Instagrammed a candid of herself canoodling with Ariana from the sessions.)
Check out the performance exclusively on Miley's Happy Hippie Foundation Facebook.
Fantastic live performances and a pop personality using their platform used for good. What more could you ask for, really? Thanks for this one, Mileybird.
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