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Miley Cyrus’ tongue has become a useless fixture of pop culture, inspiring thousands of viral memes and informing the direction of Halloween costumes modeled after the singer’s foam finger-flailing VMA performance. During the LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards Gala on Saturday, however, Cyrus’ famous asset became unlikely bait for charity when a white grand piano that she licked onstage sold with the unfathomably steep bid of $50,000.
Celebrating her philanthropic work with the Happy Hippie foundation, the 22-year-old Dead Petz singer received the Vanguard Award from the LGBT Center—a formal acknowledgement that Cyrus fittingly shook up when she began auctioning off said piano beside songwriter Linda Perry. With a shameless flick of her unstoppable tongue, Cyrus raised an incredible sum for the Center in the only way she knows how. Sure, we admit it’s easy to dismiss the Disney Channel survivor for all her wonky antics, but these are the rare moments when acknowledgment is undeniably due.
“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 to the audience after accepting her 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.”