It happened, we all fangirled, and now we'll never see them again. Probably. After days of will-they-won't-they debate, stories created entirely by "anonymous sources," vehement denial from 'NSync's own Joey Fatone, a cryptic tweet from a newly created Twitter account, and YEARS of waiting: 'NSync reunited. Thankfully for you, I watched it with bated breath so you didn't have to!
Here's what happened: the first half of last night's award show was kind of a mess, including a bizarre performance by Lady Gaga (of course) and a collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke that made us all feel so weird that we needed to take a shower after. Blech.
But we soldiered on, because when a '90s boy band reunion is on the line, that's what you do. An hour into the show, late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon (who would later present Justin with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award) introduced Justin Timberlake's performance, which started with a pre-recorded video of him singing "Take Back the Night."
Cut to the stage, where he sang a medley of "SexyBack," "Like I Love You," "My Love," "Cry Me A River," "What Goes Around (Comes Back Around)," "Señorita," "Rock Your Body," "Let The Groove Get In," "Pusher Love Girl" — and suddenly we're all at a Justin Timberlake concert. Apparently he had more hit songs than I remembered. (By the way, lest someone tries to challenge my Justin Timberlake music knowledge, the opening chords to "What Goes Around (Comes Back Around)" and "Let The Groove Get In" were merely used as segues between songs but were not performed.)
As great of a performer as Justin is, we were all waiting. We knew it was coming. Maybe? Because at this point, nine minutes into the performance, we were starting to doubt ourselves. Had we misread the signs? Was that tweet just to mess with us? Was Joey Fatone's dad a total liar? Was 'NSync not actually going to show up?
And then the lights went down: "Pusher Love Girl" turned into an 'NSync song; Justin Timberlake said, "You asked for it"; four figures emerged from the stage to join Justin; and we all collectively died a little! There they were!
For two glorious minutes, they sang "Gone," "Girlfriend" (which I totally did not see coming) and and enthralled us with "Bye Bye Bye," choreography included. It ended with a weird moment from JC where he tried to sing for just a little longer ("Hey world! Remember me? I can sing, too!") and Justin Timberlake reiterating what we still couldn't believe by plainly stating, "'NSync" and Chris Kirkpatrick getting stuck on stage. Sigh. I'm still not over it, man.
The reunion was just 110 seconds, or one minute and 50 seconds; meanwhile, Destiny's Child performed at the Super Bowl for three minutes and 12 seconds. Still — 'NSync delivered, y'all. And there's even more to Justin Timberlake's performance, which you can see below:
As for the Miley Cyrus performance, let's not talk about it.