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*NSYNC Reunites For 2023 VMAs Presentation

At last night’s 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, *NSYNC took the audience by surprise with a brief onstage reunion to present the Best Pop Song award to Taylor Swift.

Complete with Justin Timberlake, the former boyband introduced the category with their own VMAs story and their 2000 win for “Bye Bye Bye”.

Seemingly shocked by their appearance, Taylor said “I’m not doing well pivoting from this to this, like I had I had your dolls.” Calling the five-member group “pop personified,” when she accepted her award, Swift asked “Are you doing something? What’s going to happen now?”

When Timberlake left to launch his solo career in 2004, *NSync effectively disbanded and during the following two decades, the group has gotten back together on a handful of occasions, most notably 10 years ago at the 2013 VMAs, when Timberlake welcomed his former musical brothers onstage to perform “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” as part of his career-spanning set celebrating his Video Vanguard Award.

While the entire quintet hasn’t been together since receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 2018, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Kirkpatrick made a surprise cameo at Coachella 2019, joining Ariana Grande for “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and “Tearin’ Up my Heart.” 

Their VMAs appearance last night comes amidst rumors of a full-fledged reunion, likely tied to the next movie in the Trolls franchise (in which Timberlake voices a main character). In recent weeks, posters for Trolls Band Together — which appears to have some kind of boy band plot – started popping up, emblazoned with part of the classic ’NSync logo (the letter “N” preceded by a star). A QR code on the poster linked to a website ( that also featured the logo, five troll heads (including one with a very Chris Kirkpatrick-esque hairdo), and a snippet of a whistled tune. If a new song does come, it’ll be ‘NSync’s first new music since the 2002 “Girlfriend” remix featuring Nelly. 

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Author: Al Denté

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