If you weren’t able to watch the MTV Video Music Awards last night then you MISSED the BEST part of the show. Justin Timberlake showed the world why he is the “President of Pop” as Jimmy Fallon called him. It was like I was back at his concerts and I was ok with that. Prior to his performance, Lady Gaga and Robin Thicke/Miley Cyrus gave a lack luster performance. So what does Justin do? He says the evening! The set opened with a montage of Justin’s most iconic solo videos, from “Rock Your Body” to “Mirrors,” then it segued into JT dancing his way through the Barclays while singing his new single, “Take Back the Night.”
As he made his way into the venue during a remixed version of “SexyBack,” Timberlake declared, “I still run this b—-!,” before going into his first solo single off Justified, “Like I Love You,” and into an excerpt of FutureSex/LoveSounds track “My Love.” Moving backwards in time, Timberlake then belted out oldies “Cry Me a River,” “Senorita” and “Rock Your Body” as anticipation for the forthcoming ‘N Sync reunion loomed. With the house lights down and the stage bathed in search beams, Justin said, “you asked for it,” and the rest of ‘NSYNC floated up from below the stage.
The group, which features J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone, last played the VMAs with Michael Jackson in 2001, joining the late King of Pop for their smash, “Pop.” They announced their hiatus in 2002 after their Celebrity tour and put on their last televised performance in 2003 at the Grammy Awards, where they sang a Bee Gees medley.
But this time it was all about them and Swift and Gomez looked like every other fan girl in the house, including Gaga, who raised up to her feet to celebrate one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Even One Direction couldn’t help getting caught up in the five-part harmonies of “Girlfriend and “Bye, Bye, Bye,” during which ‘NSYNC did the hop-around dance from the song’s video, proving that the vocals and the crisp coordinated moves are still there. And then, sadly, that part of the dream was over, and the boys descended back into the stage.
JT’s first VMA performance in six years ended with the jazzy groove of “Suit & Tie,” and the more sedate swing of “Mirrors,” which had everyone in the house waving their hands back-and-forth.
Justin SHUT the stage down ya hear! It was like I was a teenager all over again and I loved EVERY single bit of it. The show ended up being a drab but thank the heavens that JT saved the day. Watch the performance below.