Much to the delight of '90s kids everywhere, the now grown-men of former boy band *NSYNC reunited on Sunday evening for a performance at MTV's Video Music Awards.
VMA nominee Justin Timberlake was joined by his former *NSYNC bandmates, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for a highly anticipated reunion. Rumors began swirling in the days leading up to the VMAs that the famed boy band would perform, but the hype was never confirmed by anyone in Timberlake's or MTV's camps.
Timberlake was celebrated at the VMAs with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, an honor that brought the members of *NSYNC together. The men performed parts of "Bye, Bye, Bye" and "Girlfriend." After *NSYNC released their last studio album in 2001, appearances by all five members of the group have been rare.
The 32-year-old Timberlake led the awards show with six nominations, tied with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The singer was up for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video, and Best Editing for "Mirrors," and Best Collaboration and Best Direction for "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z.
Both "Mirrors" and "Suit & Tie" were featured on Timberlake's 2013 comeback album, "The 20/20 Experience." The album performed well for Timberlake, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and getting certified platinum. He will release his follow-up to the project, "The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2" in September.
Live updates from the show are available below.
The 2013 MTV VMAs were something else. Thanks for joining!
YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME SNORE!!! AM I RIGHT????— bobby finger (@bobbyfinger) 4 years ago
Katy Perry performed "Roar" for the first time, and it was glorious.
With a silly voice.
Ladies and gentlemen, the reunited NSYNC. http://t.co/vsH4DT5Yb2— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) 4 years ago
The perfect time for a Bruno Mars performance is totally TWO HOURS into the #VMAs.— Jesse Fox (@JesseDavidFox) 4 years ago
it would be amazing if nsync reappeared right now by lowering down from the ceiling on marionette strings— kalkutta (@djkalkutta) 4 years ago
Let's remember this:
Me during Justin Timberlake's performance http://t.co/0IKZ3MXGMy— things in life (@ItsThingsInLife) 3 years ago
VMAs: Stop all this "what's up Brooklyn!!!" What's up is I'm 10 blocks away in my nightgown trying to keep my dog from drinking his own piss— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) 4 years ago
More on Drake's MTV VMA performance.
Drake shifts into "Started From The Bottom," obviously.
Because when he isn't taking photos with Taylor Swift, he's a great rapper.
He thanks God, his publicist and his "Mahomies."
Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, great song, best stage design of the night. Jennifer Hudson so good— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) 4 years ago
After having a major year with the breakout success of their hit single "Thrift Shop" and the follow-up "Can't Hold Us," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit the stage at MTV's Video Music Awards to perform their song "Same Love."
Click here for more on Macklemore's MTV VMA performance.
Can you imagine being a conservative watching the #VMAs right now?— Noël Wells (@RealTomHankz) 3 years ago
After being introduced by NBA player Jason Collins and A$AP Rocky.
This is amazing.— Jon Caramanica (@joncaramanica) 4 years ago
We can't even hear One Direction over the boos! #VMA— Chris Weingarten (@1000TimesYes) 4 years ago
One Direction for "Best Song Ever," which was clearly not the best song of the summer, but #mtv.