Miley Cyrus Licks $50,000 Piano For Charity at Vanguard Awards
By Desiree Murphy
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Miley Cyrus just can't keep her tongue out of sight.
The "We Can't Stop" singer was honored at the 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, and she celebrated with a piano-lickin' good time.
The 22-year-old pop star's close friend, Linda Perry, took the stage during the event to hold an auction. Perry has worked with a number of musicians, including Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, Adam Lambert and Gwen Stefani, and she auctioned off a white piano that she's had some of them sign over the years. Before the bid began, Perry told Cyrus that she had to lick the instrument in order to help raise the bids.
The verdict? A complete success, as the piano was sold for $50,000.
Cyrus not only helped raise money for charity, but she was also praised by the LGBT Center for her efforts in pushing "boundaries in ways that few have had the courage to do." She was also honored for her Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization she founded to help bring attention and fight injustices towards the LGBT community and homeless youth.
"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 in her acceptance speech. "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."
Actress Jane Fonda and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner were also honored at the star-studded ceremony that brought out more than 1,200 guests, including members of the LGBT community and their supporters. In addition to the silent auction, attendees also enjoyed cocktails, dinner and performances by Perry and Alex Newell.