08/24/2017 09:18 am ET

26 Stars You Totally Forgot Went To The VMAs In 2007

A trip down award show memory lane.

It might seem like summer 2007 isn’t so far away, but consider this: It was two presidents ago. Facebook was still a new, weird thing then. We were only up to the fifth “Harry Potter” movie — and the final “Harry Potter” book. The iPhone had just come out. It was 10 years ago.

Naturally, our favorite celebrities looked a little different than they do today. Heck, there were celebrities we totally forgot about until now!

Here’s how they looked at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007, the year that gave us “Gossip Girl,” Prince’s Super Bowl halftime show and these noteworthy red carpet looks.

Paris Hilton

At the time of the VMAs, the hotel heiress just finished her final season of “The Simple Life,” which drew 13 million views for its premiere episode four years earlier.

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Kat Von D

In 2007, Kat Von D was an up-and-coming tattoo artist on the TLC series “Miami Ink.” The network would later make her a lead in the reality series “LA Ink.”

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Shar Jackson

The “Moesha” star was a contestant on MTV’s “Celebrity Rap Superstar.” She won the show, which only aired one season, beating out Kendra Wilkinson for the top spot. 

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Megan Fox

The actress had recently become a household name thanks to her turn in that year’s “Transformers.”

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Kanye West

On the night of the 2007 VMAs, Kanye was just two days away from releasing “Graduation.”

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Tila Tequila

Back when the MySpace influencer was known more for her reality dating show than her neo-Nazi leanings.

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Ashlee Simpson

Jessica Simpson’s sister was dating Pete Wentz and still riding the high of “I Am Me,” released in 2005.

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Jennifer Garner

“Juno,” in which Jennifer Garner plays a prospective adoptive mother, premiered just a day before the 2007 VMAs.

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Solange and Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé wasn’t even Mrs. Carter yet at the time of the 2007 VMAs (her marriage to Jay-Z would happen a year later). Solange would release her second solo album, “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams,” in 2008 as well.

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The Cast of “The Hills”

The iconic “Hills” episode where LC breaks ties with Heidi Montag over rumors about a sex tape aired about a month before the VMAs, so the “Hills” ladies were at peak popularity.

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Gym Class Heroes

These musicians, who released their hit “Clothes Off!!”in 2006, took home the Moonman for Best New Artist in 2007.

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Hayden Panettiere

In 2007, the actress known for her starring role in “Heroes” appeared on an episode of MTV’s “Punk’d.”

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In the summer of 2007, Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” had just been released. She would go on to win Video of the Year for “Umbrella.”

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Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker

The former MTV reality stars were in the midst of an on-again, off-again relationship (Barker filed for divorce in 2006 after two years of marriage) that wouldn’t officially end until 2008.

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The singer-turned-actress, who starred in 2006′s “John Tucker Must Die,” was just about to star in “Resident Evil: Extinction.” 

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Shia LaBeouf

The former Disney Channel regular was now a bonafide A-lister, thanks to his starring role in “Transformers.”

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Paula Patton and Robin Thicke

These were happier times for Patton and Thicke, whose divorce was finalized in 2015.

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Lil Mama

The singer was riding on the success of “Lip Gloss” and her featured vocals on the remix of Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” in 2007.

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