MIAMI — It was short and sweet, but it's something that 'NSYNC fans had been anticipating for well over a year.
All five members of the boy band reunited over the weekend to sing the national anthem at what's become both a charitable and star-studded tradition: the group's annual Challenge for the Children basketball tournament (see "'NSYNC To Perform, Discuss Future At Charity Basketball Game"). The performance marked the group's first since its Bee Gees tribute at the 45th annual Grammy Awards in February 2003.
"It was good to hear them all together again," Usher said after the performance.
"Not anyone can sing the national anthem," Good Charlotte's Benji Madden said. "It shows if you're good or not, and those guys are really talented."
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Things have changed a lot since 'NSYNC last trotted out that talent at the Grammy Awards, and even more so since the group released Celebrity in 2001. The notion of "boy bands" has changed tremendously, as young audiences find their heartthrobs not among pop groups but rather in the ranks of groups like Good Charlotte, Yellowcard and New Found Glory.
Plus, the men of 'NSYNC have, for the most part, gone their separate ways. Joey went to Broadway, JC went solo, Lance went to space camp, Chris went to fashion shows and Justin ... well, Justin went big (see "Joey Fatone Finds Broadway Exciting, But 'A Lot Of Work'," "JC Chasez Previews Schizophrenic Solo Debut," "Looks Like Cargo, Not Lance Bass, Will Be Shot Into Space" and "'NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick Showing Off His Women's Clothes"). But solo success hasn't kept Beyoncé from rejoining her fellow Destiny's Child divas for another album, so what are the chances that 'NSYNC will hit the studio again as well?
"You caught us on the wrong day," JC said. "If you would have caught us [tomorrow] we would have had a better answer for you."
"We're going to enjoy the weekend, and as Monday rolls around, we'll get to the business stuff and we'll go from there," Justin added.
We'll keep you posted.