Michael Jackson performed with NSYNC or members of the group, live on stage on 4 occasions. He also created a song in which they participated. If you think about it, Michael Jackson didn’t perform with that many people on stage, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, James Brown … and a couple of others. He certainly didn’t perform with many groups, so to perform with NSYNC and Justin Timerlake on 4 occasions is quite a lot! We also have some other Michael Jackson and NSYNC links which we will take a look at.
Michael Jackson and NSYNC performing POP at the 2001 VMA’s
On the 6th September 2001, Michael Jackson joined NSYNC on stage as a guest performer, at the MTV VMA awards.
NSYNC performed the song “POP” and at the end of the song a giant “etch a sketch” came down with the outline of Michael, and from behind the contraption appeared the King of Pop, which is appropriate as they were performing “Pop”!
Michael was wearing a white T-shirt, brown leather jacket and black trousers with (no white socks!) and performed a few moves and then sat down whilst the group gave him a refreshing drink to hold.
The audeience, which included, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and P.Diddy went absolutely crazy when Michael appeared on stage with his side slides and robotics!
I remember thinking at the time that something was wrong with Michael. Even though the moves were fine, as always, there was something wrong and the performance … like he was ill, and this would go on to his other shows a couple of days later, in my opinion. Just like “This is it” though … Michael at 5% is more than most other artists at 200%!
Dancing Machine with NSYNC at the 30th Anniversary celebration concerts
Michael Jackson returned the favour a few days later by introducing NSYNC to join him on stage for his classic Jackson’s track “Dancing Machine”.
Michael Jackson performed this song twice with NSYNC, once on the 7th September (the day after the VMA’s) and then on the Monday, on September 10th 2001 (The day before the world trade centre attacks).
A short song, less than 2 minutes long, Michael just out shined the lot of them (a great performance by Jermaine though!). With no disrespect for NSYNC, because I think they made some good music before – I just turn it off once they come on because it doesn’t feel right and it doesn’t sound very good to my ears. In fact you have 4 backing singers, 5 Jacksons and 5 NSYNC members singing a song with little rehearsal – too much for my ears. Again though … Michael can just stand on stage and be amazing.
United we stand – Justin Timberlake, NSYNC and What more can I give
Members of NSYNC joined him again on stage when Michael Jackson performed at a benefit concert in Washington DC on October 21st called “United we stand” for the victims of the September 11th 2001 attacks in New York. He was also joined by various artists, including, Mariah Carey, Anastasia, Usher and lot’s of massive stars.
You can read more about that here
Justin Timberlake and his fellow group members participated in the original recording of “What more can I give” with Michael.
NSYNC’s choreographer Wade J Robson and Michael Jackson
You might not know this but NSYNC’s choreographer, Wade J Robson was actually a friend of Michael’s and danced on stage with him during the bad tour, featured in “Jam” (as well as “Black or White” and “Heal the world”). Michael was a big influence on him and you could obviously see the influence and stamp of Michael Jackson through out NSYNC.
A lucky group who got to perform with Michael more than most!
By Anthony King (c)
DVDs: Michael Jackson moves Dance like Michael Jackson and learn the moves at home!
Anthony King’s Thriller Dance Workout DVD!
Two full MICHAEL JACKSON Style dance class routines with the classic moves plus additional lessons: Learn the MOONWALK, Learn the SIDE SLIDE, Learn the CIRCLE SLIDE. Special features include Anthony King’s demonstration Michael Jackson dance videos in London, special video clips, Reverse angle chapters, behind the scenes, interactive motion menus and much more!
Anthony King’s King Of Dance DVD!
Learn to dance like Michael Jackson with the full BILLIE JEAN style workout routine lesson and moves plus additional lessons: JAMES BROWN SHUFFLE! HOW TO SPIN LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON! PLUS a classic MOONWALK, SIDESLIDE and CIRCLE MOONWALK refresher lesson. Special features include slideshow and helpful notes and diagrams, gallery and much more!
Anthony King’s DON’T STOP DANCE WORKOUT DVD!
Learn the classic “MICHAEL JACKSON MOVES” learn the KICKS, turns and “MJ WALKS” in a classic workout routine! Learn the “YOU ROCK MY WORLD” walk, the classic MICHAEL JACKSON SHUFFLE, “SMOOTH CRIMINAL” Robotics and much more! Anthony King is back to teach you NEW moves and a new routine inspired by Michael Jackson’s “BAD”, “SMOOTH CRIMINAL” and much more!