Our Favorite Miley Cyrus Performance Outfits From The Past Year

As you may have heard from the tidal wave of Smiler screams sweeping the nation, Miley Cyrus has teamed up with the likes of us (MTV) for yet another memorable performance moment. (Do we really need to remind you of the last one we brought you?) The “Wrecking Ball” singer is taking the stage next week for a very special, very stripped-down Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged, and as we should all know by now, she could do and wear ANYTHING. I mean, look at this promotional photo! Fake hillbilly teeth, a short baby-pink wig, and silver star pasties? Who knows where this is going! In celebration of the Unplugged wardrobe to come, we’re looking back at some of our favorite Miley performance looks from the past year. LEGGO!

Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 American Music Awards.
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Obviously OBVIOUSLY, we have to kick this off with her periwinkle blue Markus Lupfer cat-print ensemble from the 2013 American Music Awards. Paired with a lip-synching orange tabby backdrop and massive lucite accessories, this high-cut separates look was (and still is) internet gold.

Miley Cyrus performs in Times Square to ring in 2014.
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Talk about LUXE. Miley rang in the new year in this gold sequined number by The Blonds. She wore this to perform outside in Times Square which explains not only the monstrous fur coat, but also why she made the rare decision to wear pants.

Miley Cyrus performs on Saturday Night Live.
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One of the last times we saw Miley wearing pants was when she sat down for an acoustic rendition of “We Can’t Stop” for her stint as musical guest and host of Saturday Night Live last year. Even though ~technically~ she was wearing long pants and a high neckline with a hood, it was all mesh, leaving her white undergarments on display. Not to be outshined: her black Nike slip-on shower shoes.

Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 Bambi Awards.
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This neon number isn’t just one of our favorite performance looks on Miles, this will go down as one of our all-time favorite Miley outfits. Period. It’s a neoprene crop top and hot pants set, embellished with futuristic cerulean scales on the shoulders and down the sides. It’s also by The Blonds (which means it’s PERFECT).

Miley Cyrus performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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Very few people can pull off the no-pants look. Even fewer can pull off underwear as outerwear. Even FEWER can pull off suspenders. And literally only Miley Cyrus can pull off all of the above at once.

Miley Cyrus performs at iHeartRadio’s 2013 Jingle Ball.
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We’ve seen a lot of iterations of Miley’s Jingle Ball outfits this past December, but this red, sequined, mock-neck crop top + high-cut briefs situation with the fur accents (CHELLO, CHANEL) is our hands-down fave. From the candy cane microphone to the teeny tiny double-C cufflinks, her attention to detail and commitment to theme are all over this bad boy.

Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
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And of course, we couldn’t have a list like this without her demented teddy leotard from the 2013 VMAs and her subsequent nude latex quick-change. You may not have loved her baby buns or that foam finger or even her light-up creepers, but you cannot disagree with us that this look is now infamous, forever etched in the annals of pop culture. And for that, we’ll hold it close to our hearts till the end of time.

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