Here's 'N Sync's Reunion Performance at the MTV VMA's
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Here's 'N Sync's Reunion Performance at the MTV VMA's

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | August 26, 2013 | Comments ()


If you, like me, are so out-of-touch with the contemporary music industry that you couldn’t even appreciate the MTV Music Awards ironically (or, maybe you were watching “Dexter,” you poor goddamn soul. I feel your pain), then maybe you don’t know what happened last night. Most of my knowledge comes from Courtney’s splendid live blog, which I read without visual accompaniment (I think it’s better that way). From what I can tell from the liveblog, the most compelling moments in the ceremony (i.e., where the most ALL CAPS were utilized) involved the stunning violet-smelling dazzle-monster Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus’s Extreme Makeover: Image Edition performance, and the reunion of NSYNC.

This is the relevant GIF from the Miley Cyrus performance.


This also happened.


And this is N Sync’s reunion. I’ve included relevant portions from Courtney’s live-blog so that you can read along just like YOU WERE THERE. If you decide to catch re-airs, I also encourage you to follow along in its entirety with Courtney’s liveblog, and pretend you’re watching it with everyone else.

09:08 - “It feels like somethin’s heatin’ up; can I leave with you?” - Joey Fatone because his car got repossessed.



09:11 - On the realz here, JC still looks damn good.

09:11 - Lance’s sporty dicky is quite the look.


09:13 - Justin just sent them back to steerage to die with Jack, Rose and the Irish people.

09:15 - I really love this song, you guys. Like a lot. Even though it’s about my least favorite “7th Heaven” cast member.

09:16 - I just realized how much better the song is if you pretend it’s about Stephen Collins.

09:19 - I’m glad you feel really good, Justin. You deserve it. NEVER FUCKING FORGET THAT BRITNEY GOT IT FIRST.

09:20 - “Those four guys there.” You mean the ones you cast into the depths of the basement where the HVAC units are?

09:26 - The DJ is wearing a gondolier hat.

09:27 - NSYNC is crying backstage right now because of Kevin Hart’s words.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • I think Chris may have a new career option as a Mr. Bean impersonator.

  • Rooks

    Dude, Ryan Gosling is rockin' that front row...

  • b

    Oh my god, that's gold.

  • Rooks

    He is SO into it. It's ridiculous that there was no camera nearby to properly capture that level of dedication to the perfect execution of this move...

  • apsutter

    The N'Sync boys have definitely seen better days. Meanwhile BSB have gotten measurably better with age. Then again BSB always seemed like the "A" team when they were popular while N'Sync had the odd looking leftovers.

  • alwaysanswerb

    I'm just gonna throw this out there as a possibility -- not sure I even really believe it, but it does at least exist in the realm of the possible -- what if Miley Cyrus wasn't actually trying to be "sexy," per se? It strikes me as a little patronizing that someone who has been in the media eye as long as she has would be accused of having so little self awareness that her attempts to be sexy were so overwrought that they became a comedy of horrors (sorry, that was a really awful sentence, but I don't really care to fix it right now.) What if, like, that was actually intentional? It would absolutely not be the first time that a female performer attempted to fuck with sexuality by blending traditional feminine traits with overblown machismo. Miley's always been called "cute" as opposed to "sexy," so maybe between the haircut, wacky outfits, and this performance, she's just flipping everyone the bird at this point.

  • apsutter

    This is exactly what I think. I don't think she's trying to be some sexpot. I do think that she is flipping the bird to people who want her to stay a Disney starlet and now that she's grown she's just going out and having some freaking fun. Even if it was raunchy there is a clear difference between the way Miley and, let's say, Rihanna gyrate on stage.

  • chanohack

    Is it just me, or does Taylor Swift get WAY more than her fair share of reaction shots? It seems like the director is going, "Show us the stage! What is Taylor doing? Back to the stage! Other celebrity! Back to Taylor! Hold iiiiiiiiit... Stage! Annnnnnd Taylor again!"

  • The best reaction shot was Daft Punk.

  • apsutter

    They cut to Tay Tay so often because girl gives good face. Most of the people they showed in the audience looked bored and like they couldn't wait to get the hell out of there. Taylor, on the other hand, actually seems to enjoy being at awards shows because she was always singing, dancing, and laughing. Just compare her faces to when they showed Rihanna...I can't blame them for wanting the audience at home to think the celebs are actually having fun

  • Az

    You're missing Taylor Swift's pearl clutching when Miley came out. JEALOUS? You know deep inside Taylor wishes she could go full skank like that.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I guess I'm just happy that Beetlejuice's tailor is getting work again.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I hate myself for this, but I am DYING to know what Taylor is mouthing in response to. SOMEONE PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME SO I CAN DIRECT MY IRE!

  • Valhallaback Girl

    It's when One Direction started to perform. If you recall, Miss Swift had a brief tryst with one Harry Style and leveled up in her psycho hose beastness.

  • BendinIntheWind

    YES, thank you!

    Her lack of self-awareness is so thick and buttery I want to bottle it and drizzle it over pancakes. Mmmmmmmmm....

  • Valhallaback Girl

    I saw Miley's ass last night enveloped in flesh colored vinyl.

    Please don't ever say pancakes again ;)

  • BendinIntheWind

    Hey, at least it didn't make you think of waffles... yoinks.

  • Az

    How very boring of her. Now, if she had said it when Katy Perry was up there, that would have been delicious. I can't see being flabbergasted over a Wand Erection. But over Mayer's dick of doom and the one who has apparently tamed it? Oh, yes.

  • Valhallaback Girl

    Also, I've never hated myself more for one sentence.

  • InternetMagpie

    Stupid Harry Styles from One Direction! Her ex-boyfriend! I LOVE CRANKY TAYLOR.

  • BigBlueKY

    I could watch Taylor Swift mouth STFU for the rest of the day. Yep, that's what I'm going to do. All day.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Do people still watch MTV?

  • melissa82

    Only when they give out awards for videos people have viewed on Vimeo/YouTube

  • Bodhi

    Did TayTay say that in reference to Miley or N'Sync?

  • frozen01

    TayTay? Seriously? Is that what people really call her?

  • Bodhi

    I've seen some blogggers mockingly call her that.

  • $32857398

    One Direction, apparently. But on buzzfeed there's a video of her reaction to Miley's performance, and I'm not ashamed to say I kinda like her a little bit now. She was all flying hands and hiding her face and STEALING PEOPLE'S DRINK to make it through. It's pretty great.

  • Bodhi

    Her reaction shots are the best things she's ever done!

  • Watching Miley Cyrus aggressively stumble into her sexuality makes me long for the days when Britney Spears rejected her Mousketeer image with a little more subtlety.

    I mean, yeah, we all know what the big albino python was supposed to represent. But at least it was *exotic*!

  • George Tarleton

    The fact that we're using the word "subtlety" and "Britney Spears" in the same sentence really says something about how disgusting the Cyrus performance was.

  • Bingo.

  • Manny

    How convinent that timberlake has a new album to promote and a movie coming out soon, that he would NOW want to reunite with his old boy band mates. What a douchebag.

  • apsutter

    Yup and only for about ten seconds

  • cgthegeek

    IKR! It's almost like he's doing his job or something! Fucking entertainers! Being all... entertaining and shit!

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    I'm old. None of this has any bearing on any part of my life. Now get off my damn lawn.

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