Miley Cyrus: Will She Repeat Last Year’s MTV VMAs Controversy?

Miley Cyrus is heading back to the MTV Video Music Awards one year after her controversial on-stage performance, leading to speculation about whether the young star has a follow-up in mind.

Last year the singer joined Robin Thicke on stage, and while wearing nothing but underwear she put on a show, dancing provocatively and twerking on the much-older singer. The performance went viral pretty immediately, leading to some pretty sharp criticism of Miley Cyrus.

Country singer Josh Gracin was one of those who found Miley’s performance inappropriate, tweeting: “Thanks Miley Cyrus. Now I have to explain to my 11 yr old daughter why she no longer can follow your career.”

The performance changed the career trajectory for both Robin Thick and Miley Cyrus. From there she escalated her antics, with a number of controversial moments at her “Bangerz” summer tour that brought her plenty of attention. Thicke, who was high off the success of the summer smash “Blurred Lines” at the time of the 2013 VMAs, also drew controversy for getting so close to the young singer, and later was dumped by wife Paula Patton after more revelations of his cheating emerged.

This year Miley Cyrus is not on the slate of performers for the MTV VMAs. The show opens with a performance of “Bang, Bang” with Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. There are also performances from Taylor and Beyoncé, who is receiving the Video Vanguard Award.

But still, many believe Miley Cyrus will find a way to make a statement at an award show that has become known for its controversies. Miley’s fans are already building anticipation for the event with an official announcement of her presence.

Those who want to see if Miley Cyrus has more up her sleeve can watch the MTV VMAs, which air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.