- NSYNC reunited at the 2023 MTV VMAs and everyone — even Taylor Swift — was freaking out.
- The boy band presented Swift with the award for Best Pop Video and even gave her a friendship bracelet.
- “They’re going to do something and I need to know what it is,” Swift said after accepting her award.
Taylor Swift showed us that you can never be too famous a millennial to absolutely lose your mind over a ’90s boy band.
“For the first time ever, back together in, like, a decade. Make some noise for NSYNC,” emcee Nicki Minaj said as she introduced the men onstage, according to a clip of the broadcast that was uploaded on TikTok.
Cheers erupted from across the venue, and as the camera panned through the audience to capture their reactions — there Swift was, in all her disbelief, having an absolute fangirl moment.
After the welcome, the group started to present the first award of the night.
“Over 20 years ago, we were just kids when we won Best Pop Video for ‘Bye Bye Bye,'” Chasez said, per the video. “It was our first VMA and it meant the world to us.”
“A lot has changed over the last two decades, but one thing remains constant: a creative, boundary-pushing video that leaves a lasting mark for decades,” Bass added.
After introducing the nominees, Timberlake opened an envelope to reveal the winner: “And the VMA goes to the unstoppable Taylor Swift,” he announced.
And with that, all of Swift’s fangirl dreams came true.
She took the stage to accept her award, giving each NSYNC member a hug, and even received a friendship bracelet from Bass, per the video.
“I’m not doing well pivoting from this to this,” Swift said during her acceptance speech, referring to her award and her questions regarding the NSYNC reunion.
“Like, I had your dolls. Like, are you doing something? What’s going to happen now? They’re going to do something and I need to know what it is,” the “Anti-Hero” singer said. “You guys are pop personified and to receive this from your golden pop hands is, really, it’s too much. Thank you for the friendship bracelets.”
The NSYNC reunion comes 10 years after the last time all five members of the boy band performed together.
In August 2013, the NSYNC members came together at the MTV VMAs to perform a medley of their songs in celebration of Timberlake winning the Video Vanguard Award.
And if you look closely at the footage of NSYNC’s 2013 MTV VMA performance, you can see Swift fangirling in the crowd, too.