Disney Channel’s hit TV show “Hannah Montana” wrapped its final season nearly five years ago, and superstar Miley Cyrus — Miley Stewart on the show — has come a looooong way since shedding that trademark blond wig.
Next up? Hosting the 2015 VMAs, NBD. I mean, just check out that liberty walk strut:
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit all the reasons “Hannah Montana” proved Cyrus is more than badass enough to rock the VMAs stage next Sunday, August 30.
She knows how to deal with her haters
It’s the VMAs, guys. Something’s inevitably gonna happen that’s gonna irk somebody somewhere, because it’s impossible to please everyone. Hannah always knew how to deal with her haters — in this case, her arch-nemesis Mikayla, played by Selena Gomez — and Cyrus is no different.
She stands up for girls
She knows how to kill it on stage
She’s friends with VMA nominees
Ready for a major throwback? In 2009 Taylor Swift — whose music vids have a whopping nine nominations this year — appeared in “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” The 1989 star performed a country ballad, “Crazier,” in the film. Cyrus and Swift’s friendship mayyy be on the rocks at the moment, but the duo was definitely buddy-buddy not too long ago.
She’ll wear anything
Whether it’s a meowing cat sweater or something pink and glittery, Hannah was down to wear it all. Miley’s VMAs look has changed a ton since her first appearance there in 2008, and we’re dying to see what kinds of badass costume changes she has planned for this year.
Miley Stewart and her alter-ego Hannah, despite the disguise, were always down-to-earth when it came to family and friends. She revealed the truth to those closest to her, then told the rest of the world when she was ready to take that huge next step. Similarly, Cyrus has been nothing but unapologetically honest about herself and her ambitions in the years since “Hannah” ended. That genuineness will make the VMAs stage even better.
She knows how to bust a move
She’s a pro at sticking out out her tongue
Hannah knew how to rock the tongue starting with season one, so Cyrus’ infamous tongue-wagging at the 2014 VMAs isn’t that out of character. All those years of practice means there will def be some serious tongue action at this year’s awards show. Prepare yourself, internet.
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater at 9e/6p, on Sunday, August 30.