The rumors for a one-off NSYNC reunion proved to be true on Sunday night during MTV's Video Music Awards. All five members were up on stage during Justin Timberlake's medley of hits performance. Their return was undoubtedly the best thing about this year's VMAs.
Timberlake received this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs for his contribution to music video history. MTV, of course, showed a brief video comprised of Timberlake's biggest clips like "Cry Me a River" and "Like I Love You." Shortly afterword, Justin claimed the stage and ran down his biggest hits live, starting off with his new single, "Take Back the Night." He, on his own, commanded the audience and was a sight to see. If you missed Timberlake in concert, that performance was it in a 10-minute set. Songs from his 2002 breakout solo album "Justified" to "Suit & Tie" were all done live.
Timberlake's music history would not be complete with NSYNC, the pop band that owned the world in the late '90s/early 2000s. He became a household name in the group before later leaving to go solo. Timberlake knew that so he had his old buddies, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, join him on stage for a live rendition of "Girlfriend" and "Bye Bye Bye." The men proved they still had the moves from their pop heydays together. It was nostalgia overload indeed.
Timberlake's live rundown of his hits was kind of like Beyonce's Super Bowl performance this year, where she reunited Destiny's Child on stage for a hot moment. 2013 has proved to be the year of the comeback, including for Justin himself who returned with the chart-topping "The 20/20 Experience" album.
UPDATE: Timberlake later took home Video of the Year for his music video "Mirrors." That topped off an amazing night for Justin.
Check out the full performance on Pitchfork.com
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