On Sunday night, we realized that we really, really missed The Backstreet Boys after they rocked the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Sure, we missed them before. But this was different. We were transported back to our bedrooms in the ‘90s, hairbrush in hand, dancing around our rooms to our favorite fivesome – and we had some serious nostalgia chills going on.
Fans of the ACM Awards and attendees knew that The Backstreet Boys were going to take the stage, but originally they were only billed as a support for Florida Georgia Line, the hit country duo. They performed Florida Georgia Line’s latest single, ‘God, Your Mama and Me.’ Which was great. Sure. We liked it. But then we heard the famous Backstreet Boys mating
call we all know, and love… ‘EVERYBODYYYYY….yeahhhh…ahhhhh!’
Needless to say, the crowd went wild (we did too) and the T-Mobile Arena erupted into complete pandemonium at the sound of everyone’s favorite ‘90s boy band. And when they danced their iconic dance moves, even Nicole Kidman and Carrie Underwood couldn’t contain their excitement, dancing and singing along. We would have done the same too. Check out the rather pixelated fan-filmed video below.
But it didn’t stop there. Their ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’ performance went from strength to strength when the Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line joined them in their dance. And it’s fair to say there was a lot of swooning. A real crowd pleaser.
This performance comes at the perfect time for the boys, as this year, their self-titled album turns 20 years old! (20 years old?! Since when did we get so old?!) And even though the band has since been the subject of criticism, due to the fact they performed at the Country Music Awards, when they’re not a Country Music band, the performance seems to have reignited the Backstreet Boys spark. Now, instead of thinking of the Backstreet Boys as a band from the ‘90s…we remember that they had a huge influence on pop history and pop culture. Their first album sold 14 million copies in America…they were kind of a big deal. And their performance just told us one thing – they still are.
And one thing’s for sure. We loved it.