Miley Cyrus has recruited Ariana Grande to be the latest guest star in her ongoing backyard sessions YouTube series. Cyrus recently launched a new charity, the Happy Hippie Foundation, to increase awareness and raise money for homeless and LGBT youth.
In order to raise awareness for her new charity, Cyrus has returned to her backyard sessions on YouTube and the series is bringing in a few guest stars, including Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace and rock ‘n’ roll legend Joan Jett, now Grande is joining the musical cause.
People reported that the ladies teamed up to perform “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. The ladies wore adult onesies and the video was filmed in Cryus’ backyard. Despite their odd outfits, the ladies both had incredible vocals on the cover.
Cyrus explained that the reason she felt the need to get involved in this type of work was the suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, Entertainment Weekly added.
“It hit me as hard as if I had known her,” explained Cyrus in an open essay to Medium. “I felt connected to her. For a year, my focus has been on helping homeless youth, and it was heartbreaking to hear that 40 percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT. The more I learned about what life can be like as a transgender person, the more I realized how especially woven into homelessness that is. Acceptance is a huge step towards eradicating youth homelessness. Being who you are and who you want to be has nothing to do with gender, sexuality, body type, race, or age.”
Soooooo thankful for Ariana Grande for being a part of the #backyardsessions!! You're the sweetest little #happyhippie bear-mouse ever! Loooooove you The Happy Hippie Foundation #HappyHippiePresents #dontdreamitsover
Posted by Miley Cyrus on Thursday, May 14, 2015
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