It’s true — Miley Cyrus is hosting the 2015 Video Music Awards. While it’s hard to imagine the VMAs without Miley—especially since 2013, amirite??—you probably don’t remember everything she’s worn in her five appearances.
While you process the fact that Sunday, August 30 is probably going to be the best day of your life, take a walk down Miley memory lane with us.
Aw, li’l bb Miley in a sparkly Zac Posen dress on the 2008 VMA Red Carpet. Miley nabbed a Best New Artist nomination that year (alongside Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, LOL) and introduced Pink. Maybe her 2012 Pink-esque haircut was inspired by that time she introduced her at the VMAs? We can dream.
Despite the fact that they were up against one another, Miley posed with Katy on the red carpet. She also practiced her tongue-wagging skills, which would come in handy five years later.
Miley didn’t attend the show in 2009 or 2010, but came back in 2011 in a full-length Roberto Cavalli gown. She wore her hair up–maybe foreshadowing that the following year she’d barely have any hair at all?
Or maybe she just wanted to show off the low scoop in the back of her dress?
Either way, Miles took the stage with Shaun White later in the show to present the Moonman for Best Rock Video.
Then, in 2012, she broke out the VMA big guns. She debuted her newly short hair on the VMA red carpet and served up a whole lotta cleavage in her sheer-paneled Pucci gown.
While the back of her gown wasn’t as deep-cut as in 2011, it was almost entirely sheer. The height of her hair is so enviable, especially in L.A. in August.
During the show, Miley joined Mac Miller to introduce Pink… the same year she debuted her platinum Pink-esque hair. Things got #META at the VMAs, y’all.
And then, it was 2013. Miley’s year. She started off the night in a vintage Dolce & Gabbana two-piece and baby buns. When we saw Miley on the red carpet, we had no idea what we was in store for later that night, right? RIGHT?
A little while later, Miley emerged from a giant stuffed teddy bear wearing a furry leotard. If you don’t remember the entire performance: it’s a whole lotta fur and a whole lotta tongues. That’s basically it.
Moments after finishing her “We Can’t Stop” performance, Miley stripped off her bear leotard and emerged in a nude latex bikini. People freaked out. People freaked out more when she gyrated on Robin Thicke and even morewhen she used a foam finger for non-cheering activities.
In 2014, Miley changed direction, in both fashion and behavior. On the red carpet she kept things low-key in a leather bandeau and pants from Alexandre Vauthier.
During the show, Miley won the Moonman for Video Of The Year for “Wrecking Ball,” but sent her date, a young homeless man named Jesse Helt, to accept the award for her. The memorable moment was definitely a turning point for Miley—since then, she’s launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, shared her #InstaPride series with the world, and, generally, become a formidable ally for LGBT youth.
And now, she returns as host. We can’t even begin to imagine what she’ll wear—or, LBR, how many outfits there will be!—but we can’t wait to see. Let the countdown begin.