The Best Boyband Moments Of The VMAs

  • New Edition, 1990: Sparkle, Neely! Sparkle!

  • Color Me Badd, 1991: Yes, these outfits were all “Badd.”

  • Boyz II Men, 1994: Please tell me they harmonized their way down the red carpet.

  • Backstreet Boys, 1998: First time at the VMAs, and we put Brian Littrell to work.

  • Hanson, 1998: Is there a more iconic visual of the year 1998 than Hanson presenting an award with Sarah Michelle Gellar?

  • Backstreet Boys, 1999: It’s not a coincidence that “The Matrix” came out this same year.

  • *NSYNC, 1999: *NSYNC and Britney Spears? Like, “Hit Me Baby One More Time” ’cause this performance was “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”

  • Backstreet Boys, 1999: Brian is thanking the higher powers above that he did not wear AJ’s pants.

  • 2gether, 2000: Quick math lesson: U + Me = Us… It’s Calculus.

  • *NSYNC, 2000: *NSYNC walked home with three Moonmen that year. Sadly not one went to Justin’s turtleneck.

  • *NSYNC, 2000: Then they were all like, “Bye, Bye, Bye.”

  • 98 Degrees, 2000: SO. MUCH. SPARKLE.

  • O-Town, 2001: Ashley Parker Angel, doesn’t this make you want to rejoin the group?!

  • 112, 2001: The bad boys of boy bands.

  • *NSYNC with Michael Jackson, 2001: Dirty “Pop” with the King of Pop.

  • BBMak, 2002: Miss you, want you, need you so!

  • Jonas Brothers, 2008: I never thought that I’d get this “Love Bug” again… And I won’t, because you broke up and broke my heart.

  • The Wanted, 2012: 50 Shades of the Wanted.

  • One Direction, 2012: One Direction performed “One Thing,” and everyone fell in love all over again.

  • *NSYNC, 2013: It was only the best reunion of all time and arguably the greatest boy band moment in VMA history.

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    We’ve seen a lot of boy bands come and gone, but not matter what, they definitely left a mark on our hearts, our minds, the margins of our notebooks during study hall, and, of course, the VMAs.

    From memorable performances to questionable red carpet attire, our boy band faves have consistently stood out above the rest of their peers – though unfortunately, not always for the right reasons. Yeah, we’re looking in your direction, Justin Timberlake. Does white turtleneck and (cute) ramen curls ring a bell?!

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    Before the 2015 VMAs kick off this Sunday, let’s take a trip down memory lane with a look back at some of the best boy band moments in VMA history.

    Don’t forget to tune in on the 2015 Video Music Award, live from Los Angeles on the night of, August 30: Red Carpet 02:00AM & Main show 03:00AM

    Thursday, 27. August 2015