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August 26th, 2013
N*SYNC reunited for a hot second at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a hot ’90s group get back together for one last hurrah of a performance. Remember Destiny’s Child’s brief appearance at the Super Bowl? Well, with Beyonce and Justin Timberlake being two of pop music’s biggest stars, we’ve decided to compare and contrast the two performances to see who really had the better reunion.
Round 1: Entrance
Destiny’s Child: Mid-performance, Beyonce disappears from the stage for a split second, allowing for Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to make their respective grand entrances. Leaping up from under the stage, Kelly and Michelle both appeared after the opening lines of Bootylicious where they sing “Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this?” Only when the two other members had their time in the spotlight did Beyonce graciously return and start the performance with them. What a good friend!
N*SYNC: As Justin Timberlake walks towards the stage, the four members of N*SYNC – JC, Lance, Chris and Joey – slowly rise up from the stage, but are lost in the shadows. For a second there, we weren’t even sure it was actually them, but the song then suddenly switches over to their 2002 single, Gone. As the four guys start harmonizing the chorus of Gone, Justin sings on top overpowering the rest of the guys.
Winner: Destiny’s Child because Beyonce knows how the share the spotlight and the N*Sync boys didn’t even get a proper spotlight. Sharing is caring, Justin.
Round 2: Length of performance
Destiny’s Child: 3 min, 12 seconds. Beyonce got less than 15 min in total to perform.
N*Sync: 2 min, 10 seconds. Justin had close to 20 min.
Winner: Destiny’s Child.
Round 3: Style
Destiny’s Child: Leather and lace warrior outfits never go out of style. Even though matching outfits aren’t really a thing anymore, the world made an exception for Destiny’s Child because they seriously rocked those looks.
N*SYNC: Suits! Classy! Oh no, wait, what the hell was that fedora on Justin’s head? And that weird black and white dickie/shirt situation? Justin, you’re supposed to be the leader of this group, the most well-dressed of the bunch! WHY MUST YOU RUIN THIS.
Winner: Destiny’s Child. Look, we’re really not trying to be biased here. These are #factsonly.
Round 4: Choreography
Destiny’s Child: Okay, we all know that Beyonce has impeccable choreography, but something was decidedly a little toned down during the Destiny’s Child portion of the performance. What, no dancing army? No rolling around on the stage? Though the movements were all executed well, Destiny’s Child was more sass and attitude than Single Ladies-style dancing, although they did go on to dip into a bit of that after they were done with the DC hits.
N*SYNC: Boy bands had to have the best choreography back in the day and it’s nice to see that Justin and co. still remember some of their great moves, such as the jumping around with one arm in the air trick they did during Bye Bye Bye. Although not the tightest choreography we’ve seen from the group, it is super admirable for them to pull off these moves after all these years. And okay, the sliding from side to side and posing gimmick is a little silly looking now, but we’ll admit we definitely fell for it all over again.
Winner: N*SYNC because boy bands are just lazy now and these guys really showed the young’uns in the crowd how it’s really done.
Round 5: Song selection
Destiny’s Child: Bootylicious, Independent Women, Single Ladies
N*SYNC: Gone, Girlfriend, Bye Bye Bye
Winner: Destiny’s Child only because those songs allowed for more opportunities for the other members to sing whereas with N*SYNC, the only person who got to grab the spotlight for two seconds was JC. And something tells us that he was a solo away from being personally escorted out by Justin. “No more, that’s it,” Justin thought. “JC, don’t push it. It’s MY TIME.”
Overall winner: Destiny’s Child. Proving that Beyonce (and her Destiny’s Child group members) really run the world.
Watch both performances below.Tweet