The news broke today that late ‘90s boy band ‘N Sync will potentially be reuniting for the 2013 VMAs and now-grown women across the country wept tears of joy in their office bathrooms.
Finally, a real boy band with synchronized dance moves and sexy turtlenecks will be back to revolutionize the industry’s top award show. Justin Timberlake (who is up for six awards at this year’s show) is rumored to be reuniting with JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick for a reunion performance from the epic boy band.
But ‘N Sync’s still unconfirmed reunion isn’t exactly trend setting. Not to spark this more-than-a-decade-old feud, but technically it all started with the Backstreet Boys. The competing boy band has been riding the reunion bandwagon since 2011, when the first went on tour with New Kids on the Block.
These two powerhouse groups has us swooning 15-20 years later and managed to give fans rejuvenated hope after years of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. It’s an ongoing theme in the industry that has Millennials squealing with glee and pulling out their sparkly “I’m With the Band” tank tops.
Buzz around reunions only intensified in summer 2012 when the Spice Girls reunited for the last time at the closing ceremonies in the London Olympics. Girl power generated across the (spice) world as we slipped into our platform boots and sobbed happy tears over the Spice Force 5.
As the girls rode out of the arena in their tricked out black cabs, we cried for all the memories we had of throwing up peace signs and wearing pleather.
The most recent, and arguably the most talked about, reunion happened at the 2013 Super Bowl when Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyonce on stage as Destiny’s Child. When Kelly and Michelle popped out from under the stage in a blaze of glory, we screamed for these “Survivors” who managed to still look flawless after almost a decade apart.
Sure, Kelly and Michelle’s mics might have been turned down a bit to bring out Beyonce’s overpowering vocals, but they got to do the “Single Ladies” dance, so what more could you people want?!
And now ‘N Sync, the hit group that sold more than 50 million albums, is reportedly reuniting for an epic performance at the 2013 VMAs. This won’t be a sad reunion of washed-up pop stars still trying to squeeze into their former performance outfits, but rather a tribute to the songs that helped define a generation.
Justin Timberlake may have gone on to build a successful solo empire, but he will always be associated with ‘N Sync, long after he said “Bye Bye Bye.”
It’s smart of these groups to come back together while they’re all still physically fit and sounding great. Add on 10 more years and we could be seeing an entirely different, more depressing performance. As it stands, ‘N Sync can still rock the VMAs if the rumors turn out to be true.
And if this trend continues, might we suggest some other reunions? Irish girl group B*Witched needs to make a comeback stat to show us that if you’re ever down, you can always frolick in a field of flowers and sing “C’est La Vie.” And we wouldn’t mind seeing S Club 7 return, though their mini reunion in 2012 was a tad depressing.
If you’re still wanting boy bands, O-Town is the only real one left to reunite after 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men announced their reunion tour with New Kids on the Block (seriously, does everyone tour with them?). But unfortunately Ashley Parker Angel wasn’t interested.
Truthfully ‘N Sync is the last of the truly iconic groups to throw us a nostalgia bone, and what better platform than the VMAs? You know, the show where Justin’s ex Britney Spears both made out with Madonna and carried a live snake on stage. Now if Britney performed with ‘N Sync, our Lisa Frank diaries might not have enough pages to fully contain our feelings.
For now we’re ready for Justin, JC, Lance, Joey, and Chris to “Bringin’ Da Noise,” “No Strings Attached.” Don’t you agree?