BROOKLYN, New York — Taylor Swift wasn’t the only one going gaga over ’NSYNC’s reunion at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The entire Barclays Center in Brooklyn shook when Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez joined Justin Timberlake in honor of his Michael Jackson Vanguard Award win win. It was a moment that resonated with everyone in the building, even some unlikely fans.
Birdman, for one, was moved when Justin made way for his band of brothers. “That speaks a lot for him as a man, as a person, as a fan, as a friend, for him to bring his team back like that, I feel that ’cause we kinda did the same thing over the weekend,” the Cash Money co-founder said, referencing his own reunion with Mannie Fresh at the BMI Awards on Thursday night in New York.
After performing a medley of his solo hits, the group rose from the floor and rocked snippets of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye.” Taylor gushed, Selena fanned out and Gaga shook her money maker in the crowd.
DJ Khaled, who is known to unite rappers like Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne on his all-star tracks, respected the unity that ’NSYNC exhibited on Sunday night. “Now that ’NSYNC, that’s classic. I like to see that too, that’s just family. You don’t forget where you come from so I respect that a lot,” he said.
R&B singer Ciara agreed that the moment was special, while Wiz Khalifa’s mind was completely blown — as he was exiting the Barclays after the show, he was left still trying to make sense of it all. “I don’t even understand what I was able to see right there,” the Taylor Gang captain said. “To have that go down in our faces was like, ’What the freak?’ ”
Justin has clearly gone on to be a star outside of the group, but when he got his golden KAWS-designed Moonman, he acknowledged that he couldn’t have got their without the group. “Half of the Moonmen I ever won, I won with those four guys right there,” he said, pointing to Joey, JC, Lance and Chris. “So above else — we can keep it at my house, but I’ma share this award with them.”
If nothing else, JT has earned Birdman’s respect. “For him to say what he said, how he feel about them, I salute,” Baby ended.