'N Sync Joins Twitter One Day Before MTV VMAs

'N Sync

'N Sync sent hearts a-flutter with its performance of "Bye Bye Bye" at the 2000 American Music Awards. They lost the favorite pop/rock band, duo or group award to Backstreet Boys that night, but Justin Timberlake and company got their revenge a few months later when No Strings Attached moved 2.4 million copies in its first week -- a SoundScan record that still stands. It became the best-selling album of the decade.

The boy band sent out a cryptic message Saturday, ahead of a rumored reunion at the Sunday awards show.

Boy band 'N Sync has joined Twitter a decade after splitting up and one day before a rumored MTV Video Music Awards reunion.

"Mic check, mic check one.. two... is this thing on?!," read the lone tweet sent Saturday afternoon.

The 'N Sync account, verified a few hours after the tweet was posted, adds fuel to the fire that Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick will take the stage together during the televised event Sunday. (The 'N Sync official page links to the fivesome's various websites.)

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The setting would be appropriate, as Timberlake -- who was announced as one of the VMA performers earlier this month -- is also set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the VMAs' version of a lifetime achievement award. Jimmy Fallon will present Timberlake with the honor.

During a recent SiriusXM radio show Dirty Pop With Lance Bass, Bass neither confirmed nor denied the 'N Sync reunion, only explaining how the rumor spread on the Internet like wildfire.

"It's amazing to see the reaction out there on Twitter and social media [and] how many people are supporting 'N Sync," he said. "It's so nice to see because when we ended things [over] 10 years ago, there was no social media, there was no Twitter, but it's so cute to see how many people are supporting [us], and 'N Sync was even trending."

In a 2012 visit to The Hollywood Reporter video lounge, Chasez — then a judge on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew explained why a 'N Sync reunion likely was not going to happen. “It’s just not in the cards,” he told THR at the time. “I’m sure that everybody in my group has been asked at one time or another -- I know I get asked, I know the other guys get asked -- but we’re happy with what it was, and we’re happy to move on.”

'N Sync's last televised performance came at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

The VMAs will take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday.

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