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She made her first big move toward bettering the world at the Video Music Awards when she sent her date Jesse up on stage to accept her Video of the Year award to make a touching speech and raise awareness about homelessness. But what exactly made her decide it was time to change? She explained in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, “After my last performance at the VMAs, I didn’t realize my platform, I didn’t realize my power and I didn’t realize my voice and how loud it is.” So she turned to raising awareness in her charitable endeavor in youth homelessness, and it paid off way more than twerking on stage with Robin Thicke.

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