Cindy Clark, USA TODAY
In a short but oh-so-sweet reunion, Justin Timberlake reunited with his 'N Sync bandmates Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, J.C. Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
His former bandmates joined him onstage to perform snippets from the group's hits Girlfriend and Bye, Bye, Bye.
The crowd went wild, including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez, with Gaga shouting the words to Girlfriend as loud as she could. One Direction stood in respect to their boy-band forefathers.
And just like that, it was over.
Timberlake went on to perform his newer hits Suit & Tie and Mirrors, the latter of which won video of the year. His set kicked off after an introduction by Jimmy Fallon with new hit Take Back the Night, followed by JT solo-career classics including SexyBack, My Love, Cry Me a River, Senorita and Rock Your Body.
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"It happened!" exclaimed Fallon after the performance, and went on to present Timberlake with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. "He's the best in the business!"
"I don't deserve this award, but I'm not going to give it back," said Timberlake. "Half of the Moonmen I've ever won, I won with those four guys right there," he said, referring, of course, to his 'N Sync bandmates. "So above all else, I'm going to share this - we can keep it at my house - but I'm going to share this award with them."
After a week of rumors of a possible 'N Sync reunion, it was the undisputed highlight of the evening, but plenty of other artists sizzled on stage. After showing up on the red carpet in a surprisingly simple black dress - no meat or anything - Lady Gaga opened the night with a performance of her new single, Applause.