So, like, let me bring back my 12-year-old self for a bit while we talk about this year’s VMAs.
But before that, a quick recap (of the stuff I actually cared about): Lady Gaga’s performance was theatrically stunning, as always. Taylor Swift was apparently caught on cam mouthing something like “Shut the f up” while One Direction was presenting an award onstage (which her BFF Selena won, btw). Miley’s performance became the stuff of people’s nightmares. Taylor Swift won Best Female Video for I Knew You Were Trouble and indirectly said something about Harry Styles in her speech (classy). One Direction won Best Song of The Summer for Best Song Ever. Macklemore, Mary Lambert, and Jennifer Hudson sang about equality. Adam Lambert and his beard presented an award. JGL presented an award (with that voice). Katy Perry performed Roar under the Brooklyn Bridge.
But probably the most brilliant and most electric of all would have to be JUSTIN. FREAKIN’. TIMBERLAKE’S. PERFORMANCE.(Here come the 12-year-old feels, beeteeduhbs.)
So that was what? A 20-minute non-stop performance by the President of Pop, yes? Can I please just give you an accurate .gif of what my face was like while I was watching this?
No, correction, there is no accurate .gif. But when he came out, I was like:
And then I was like:
And when *NSYNC came out, I was just like:
And when they started performing, I was all:
The precious thing about it was seeing the crowd’s reaction to the performance. The camera showed Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and One Direction’s reactions and just, THINK ABOUT IT. Before there were all these acts, there was *NSYNC. Before Gaga’s theatricality, Taylor’s break-up songs, Selena’s eye candy videos, and 1D’s hold on the tweenyboppers of today, there was *NSYNC. THEY LISTENED AND GREW UP TO *NSYNC (not sure about 1D ’cause they’re like, half a decade younger than me). This isn’t new or anything; I’m sure older people would say the same thing about *NSYNC reacting to musicians who came before them BUT THIS IS MY CHILDHOOD OKAY SO BUGGER OFF.
But seriously, though, Justin Timberlake. I was such a huge fan of his (and *NSYNC) and Britbrit back in my elementary days. I even joined some Yahoo! Groups (yes!) that shipped JT and Britney. (I WAS CRAY, OKAY.) And seeing him excel at everything he tries his hand at is just really amazing and inspiring to watch. I didn’t think he’d be a good actor, but he got that one down pat. Couple it with his already awesome singing and dancing? I CAN’T, PLEASE. HE DESERVES THOSE TWO AWARDS. HE DESERVES. EVERYTHING.
So yes, THANKS A LOT, JT AND THE REST OF *NSYNC (and his back-up dancers too, btw, SO GREAT). YOU GAVE ME SO MANY FEELS TODAY AND NOW I THINK I’LL JUST GO AHEAD AND BAWL MY EYES OUT TO YOUR GREATEST HITS. BYE.