VMA 2023 Highlights Include Taylor Swift, NSYNC, Shakira and Diddy
USA TODAY’s Ralphie Aversa recaps the 2023 MTV VMAs, including highlights from the show and red carpet interviews with Fat Joe, Wyclef Jean and more.
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We said, “I want you back,” and *NSYNC delivered.
The boy band reunited during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday night to the delight of ’80s and ’90s kids across the country.
The quintet made up of Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez took the stage to present the award for best pop. The winner was none other than Taylor Swift, a fan who was visibly excited as she accepted the award.
“I had your dolls,” he told the former boy band members. “What’s going to happen now? They’re doing something and I need to know what it is. You’re the epitome of pop.”
NSYNC hasn’t released new music in two decades. After several years of chart success, the band’s fourth and final album, “Celebrity,” was released in 2001. They went on hiatus the following year, which was also when Timberlake’s debut solo album, Grammy winner, “Justified.”
Reunion rumors began circulating recently when promotional materials for the next installment of the “Trolls” franchise, “Trolls Band Together,” starring Timberlake, appeared to tease a new *NSYNC song on its soundtrack. Prior to this, the group reunited to celebrate their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.
In 2013, Fatone, Chasez, Bass and Kirkpatrick joined Timberlake to perform “Girlfriend” and “Bye, Bye, Bye” in celebration of Timberlake receiving an MTV VMA Vanguard Award.
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