When the Internet says, “it’s gonna be May,” they mean it. Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake recently reunited as *NSYNC to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It’s been 15 years since the fivesome tore up all the hearts and said “Bye, Bye, Bye” but the screams in Los Angeles were as deafening as ever. The group garnered eight GRAMMY nominations from 1995 to 2002 as they sold millions upon millions of album, but never took home an actual trophy.
To honor their legendary careers, friends Ellen DeGeneres and Carson Daly spoke, but seemed to roast the guys before JT and Lance Bass got in some actual heartfelt speeches.
Ellen DeGeneres: “*NSYNC, of course, is short for kitchen sink.”
“*NSYNC comes from where all the greatest musicians of our time– Orlando, Florida.”
“Of course, the band is made up of the cute one, the bad boy, the sensitive one, the sexy one and Joey.”
“There is a reason that you’re being honored today, your music is the soundtrack to an entire generation. Your lyrics inspire me every day, listen to these lyrics, please: Dirty pop, that you can’t stop / I know you like this dirty pop / This must be, pop. It’s like you took the emotions out of my heart and you spoke them out loud.”
Carson Daly: “I was one of the very lucky people who got to hang with these guys when the entire world wanted to hang with them. And keep in mind, this was a time when Justin’s perm was the envy of poodles and sheep everywhere, Lance was known for dating actresses not actors, JC discovered the fountain of youth apparently, Chris was rocking cornrows and braids, and of course, I spent most of my time with Joey, because he was 25 years older than the rest of the guys.”
Lance Bass: “Growing up in Mississippi, in a Southern Baptist church, in a town where everyone knows your business, I had a secret – I was gay. At the time, I thought I’d never be able to tell anyone … I thought if I were to come out, ‘NSync would be over … So many nights onstage, I’d see young gay fans singing their hearts out, and I wanted so badly to let you [know that] I was you. I just didn’t have the strength then.”
Justin Timberlake: “For all of you who came from far and wide to share this moment, this really means the world to all of us. These four guys mean so much to me, and we’re really a family. The memories that we have and the times that we’ve shared and the families that we’ve built from it, I don’t really think I could put into words how much the four of you mean to me. Just through hard times, through unbelievable times, through times when we were going ‘What the …?’ I just love you all so much.”
After the ceremony, Lance shared a pretty epic pic of the guys with Ellen and Carson. Likely, a group that won’t be together again for a very long time.