Were you a 90’s kid? Do you remember your favorite artists from back in the old days? Whether you listened to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, The Spice Girls, Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Aaron Carter, or ‘N Sync on your cassette player, we all had our favorites. Let’s be honest, when we hear a familiar song on the radio, we all reminisce from time to time on the days of our favorite boy bands. What we didn’t expect was to see a 90’s flashback on our televisions a decade later. On August 25, MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards brought the 90’s back to us for a full two minutes. The popular 90’s boy band ‘N Sync reunited on a smoky VMA stage to a screaming audience for the first time since 2001. According to the group, there have been multiple requests to get the band back together. Justin Timberlake, who moved on to his successful solo career after the band split up, decided to have the rest of the group join him on stage at the VMA’s, since the band started there originally.
At the beginning of this much anticipated reunion, Justin Timberlake walked out onto the stage claiming, “You asked for it” to his expectant audience as four familiar silhouettes emerged up from the ground behind him. The performance was short and sweet with a medley of “Girlfriend” and “Bye, Bye, Bye,” though the crowd clearly wanted more. The enthusiasm from the crowd represented ten plus years of dormant infatuation and an excitement to experience their fantastic harmonies once again. The look on Taylor Swift’s face at the start of the performance said it all; like a schoolgirl in the 90’s crushing on her favorite boy band. Like her, many other girls of our generation were awestruck by this event, flashing back to that giddy feeling of childhood boy band obsessions. Whether we admit it or not, everyone enjoys looking back to a simpler time and remembering their childhood.
Although the 90’s are long gone and the boys are now men, they still have their synchronized moves down. As much as everyone loved this short performance, it seems doubtful that the band is actually getting back together. Though they looked great reunited on the stage, it is rumored that the reunion was intended to be just a one-time thing. Justin Timberlake is still busy with his solo career, but who is to say this couldn’t ever happen again? Perhaps the Backstreet Boys will follow suit and “Backstreet will be back alright” at some point in the future. We never know, but atleast for now we can be happy for even this small flashback into our childhood days.