You’ve probably seen the below Miley Cyrus VMA promo at least once by now. It’s Miley standing in front of a green screen, wearing a glittery cherry headband and cranking out a middle finger for the camera. Well, not only is it fitting for Miley and her propensity to unapologetically f–k s–t up, it’s appropriate for the show itself.
Yes, friends, the VMAs have a long history with middle fingers, and I have the pictures to prove it. Walk with me.
Robert Downey Jr. and Slash, 1988Getty Images
An unlikely pairing. A likely hand gesture.
Luther Campbell and 2 Live Crew, 1990Getty Images
As if “Banned in the U.S.A.” wasn’t badass enough.
Nas, 1998Getty Images
Who said Mickey can’t be hard?
Eminem and Dr. Dre, 1999Getty Images
Dre didn’t need to flip a bird—Em held up enough for both of them.
Eminem, 1999Getty Images
What, like you’ve never seen a middle finger before?
Jaime King and Kid Rock, 2000Getty Images
This couple tactic is pretty ingenious. Look, even Moby can’t take his eyes off of it!
Courtney Love, 2000Getty Images
If there were an official Queen of Middle Fingers, I feel like Courtney would totally be it?
Flea, 2000Getty Images
V cool juxtaposition of having “LOVE” tattooed on the same hands you’re using to flicking people off, Flea.
Good Charlotte, 2003Getty Images
The Madden brothers may look tough here, but deep-down these dudes have sweet, sweet pop punk harmonies living in their souls.
Katy Perry, 2010Getty Images
BRB, framing this picture of Katy Perry and putting it on my nightstand as daily affirmation.
Lady Gaga, 2011Getty Images
And the last photographed middle finger of the VMAs? Lady Gaga in character as Jo Calderone.
Will Miley add some more to this list? We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out!