updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 08/25/2013 AT 10:50 PM ET
They said Bye, Bye, Bye to their boy band days years ago, but on Sunday night, ‘NSYNC took center stage – albeit briefly – at the MTV Video Music Awards and it was just like old times.
Justin Timberlake accepted his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award (prior to taking home the night’s top prize for video of the year), telling the packed crowd, “I don’t deserve this award, but I’m not going to give it back,” after he performed a bunch of singles, including “SexyBack,” “Suit & Tie,” “Mirrors” and “Cry Me a River.” After presenter Jimmy Fallon called him the President of Pop and gave other effusive praise, Timberlake said, “I’m taking Jimmy on the road with me, that was incredible.”
Mid-performance, the room went silent for a couple of seconds and suddenly attendees, including Lady Gaga, jumped out of their chair in excitement to see Timberlake and his four fellow former band mates – Lance Bass, J.C. Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick – bust out some of their classic dance moves, while belting out “Girlfriend” and “Bye, Bye, Bye,” which is the song PEOPLE readers voted they were most hoping to hear.