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Justin Timberlake and ‘N Sync reunite at 2013 VMAs

Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. Then he brought ‘NSync back.

After days of rumors and playful teasing from MTV, the members of the 90s boy band reunited on stage Sunday at the 2013 VMAs. The group performed snippets of its song “Girlfriend” before launching into a performance of “Bye Bye Bye,” as the audience — Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga among them — danced along.

Members of the group had previously deflected questions about whether they would perform at the awards show, which aired live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Lance Bass referenced the rumors on his SiriusXM show last week, but didn’t directly confirm or deny reports.

Since going on hiatus in 2002, ‘N Sync members have remained in the spotlight with various gigs and appearances. Both Lance Bass and Joey Fatone appeared on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” while Chris Kirkpatrick competed on CMT’s “Gone Country.” In addition to releasing a solo album, JC Chasez appeared as a judge on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.”

Timberlake has easily been the most successful of the group. He’s released three chart-topping solo albums since the group disbanded and broken through in Hollywood with roles in blockbusters such as “The Social Network.” Sunday night he was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, previously given to the likes of Britney Spears, George Michael and LL Cool J.

‘N Sync’s performance occurred about nine minutes into Timberlake’s 15-minute VMAs set, during which he crooned early hits like “Senorita,” and the slang-influencing “SexyBack” while mixing in singles from his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience. It was a nostalgic moment in a show that included a raunchy performance from Miley Cyrus and a brooding one from Kanye West.

It’s uncertain whether we’ll see ‘N Sync team up again in the future. Timberlake is set to release the second part of The 20/20 Experience next month. And while the GIF-masters over at Buzzfeed clocked ‘N Sync’s performance at a paltry 110 seconds, there may be a glimmer of hope for fans who were left wanting more: the group launched an official Twitter account last week.

Bethonie Butler

Bethonie Butler writes about television for The Post.
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