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Miley Cyrus Wins Award For Positive Influence On Teens, Seriously

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Even though Just So You Know users between the ages of 9 and 15 voted Miley Cyrus as the worst celebrity influence for young girls for the past two consecutive years, it seems that the songstress may have fans elsewhere.

On Friday the 18-year-old was presented with the first-ever Global Action Youth Leadership Award at a gala in Los Angeles. Hilary Duff presented the award, which was given for Cyrus’ positive impact on young people’s attitudes.

When Cyrus accepted the honor she said, “I want kids to do something they love. Not something that seems like a chore because someone tells them that’s the right thing to do or what their parents want or what’s important to people around them, but what’s in their heart.”

It seems like a bit of an odd choice for a recipient, especially considering that Cyrus was recently caught smoking salvia on camera, has been photographed drinking alcohol overseas while still underage, and took nude photos of herself which were later leaked.

But we have to be fair and look at all of the factors here. Last year Cyrus recorded a PSA for the nonprofit “Blessings in a Backpack,” she was part of the Disney initiative to bring green awareness to children, she drives Hybrid cars, and has encouraged participation in charity through online videos, among other things.

What do you all think, did Miley deserve this award? Is it time for her to quit acting and move to India to pursue charity work? Check out her acceptance speech below and let us know what you think!

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