Remember when Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus all had to hang at the VMAs?

Nearly a decade has passed since the 2008 MTV VMAs, and oh how times. Have. Changed.

The '08 show was a year before Kanye stole Taylor's mic, five years before Miley would twerk on Robin Thicke, and nearly a decade before Katy signed on to host the 2017 installment. It was before the three ladies would not-so-quietly go their separate ways. And even though none of the impending drama had unfolded, the photos foreshadow a lifetime of weirdness between the trio.

Ahead of the big night, the three were grouped together and given MTV-branded microphones to chat from the red carpet. Katy and Miley had already hit it off, holding hands and goofing off for the cameras for an extended dual photo shoot. Exhibits A and B:

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Then Taylor entered.

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Speaks for itself.

Of course, let's not speculate too hard: That picture is probably just ill-timed. But other images from the segment are also pretty uncomfortable. Take a look at Taylor looking a bit pained through the entire process -- but looking much more at ease later in the night with then-boyfriend Joe Jonas and fellow pop icon Britney Spears.

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Singers Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrive at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Singers Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrive at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Singers Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrive at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Singers Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Musicians Taylor Swift, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Taylor Swift and Britney Spears in the audience at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Singers Taylor Swift, Pink and John Legend arrive at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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