MTV’s VMAs Brought on the ’90s & a Tribute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop

NSync, from left: J.C. Chasez,Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, circa 2000
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The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) rocked out on Sept. 12 and while Taylor Swift really cleaned up, it was also a very fun night for nostalgic performances and reunions. ’90s and Hip-Hop fans were especially delighted this year, as tons of artists came together to pay tribute to 50 years of Hip-Hop music. In addition, ’90s fangirls everywhere were screaming when the entire boy band *NSYNC finally reunited after rumors had been swirling for a while.

After some posters for the upcoming movie Trolls Band Together featured the *NSYNC logo, fans wondered if that meant a highly-anticipated reunion for the group. Some even guessed that it would happen at the VMAs. While unfortunately, they didn’t perform, they did reunite to present Swift with the award for Best Pop Video for her song “Anti-Hero.” The last time the group appeared onstage together was 10 years ago, at the 2013 VMAs.

Just a few years after the ’90s, the group Fall Out Boy was formed and they gave their first VMA performance since 2007 singing Billy Joel‘s classic hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” which was released in 1989. Now, for you Hip-Hop fans out there, it was a big night!

Not only did Sean “Diddy” Combs perform for the first time in a while while receiving the Global Icon Award, his son King joined him on stage. He sang a medley of songs including some old classics and new ones from his upcoming release, The Love Album: Off the Grid.

Later, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Doug E. Fresh, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J & Darryl “DMC” McDaniels all teamed up to perform a medley of their greatest hits to celebrate 50 years of Hip-Hop. For more coverage of the entire show, you can check it out here. What was your favorite nostalgic moment at the VMAs this year?

It isn’t just the VMAs that are honoring the legacy of Hip-Hop. There are several Emmy nominations for Hip-Hop inspired projects this year including Dear Mama, the FX documentary series about Tupac Shakur and his activist mother, Afeni, the Notorious B.I.G. virtual concert, and Jay-Z has several nominations including one for directing Rihanna‘s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Find out who wins at the Emmys on January 15, 2024.

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