The 18-year-old actress-and-singer - who has been named as the worst celebrity influence for the past two consecutive years - was presented with the first-ever Global Action Youth Leadership Award for the positive impact she has on young people`s attitudes at a gala in Los Angeles on 18.02.11 by her idol Hilary Duff.
Accepting the accolade, she said: "I got to tell you that I never thought I would get an award from Hilary Duff. This is like a dream come true to me. She inspired me.
"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."
The `Hannah Montana` star recently admitted while she is happy to be seen as a role model for younger girls, she doesn`t want her fans to idolise her.
Miley explained: "If you look at me as a role model I agree with it. If you look at me as an idol, I don`t agree. An idol for me is someone that you want to replicate. You want to be them.
"I don`t wish that on anyone, to lose what they have personally, because that`s when your spark goes."