Ariana Grande reunited *NSYNC at Coachella, proving she is truly the millennial queen
As if there wasn’t already enough buzz surrounding the simple fact that Ariana Grande, a proven queen, was headlining Coachella this year, she just had to go and make it an even bigger deal. What’s bigger than Ariana Grande headlining Coachella, you might ask? Simple. It’s Ariana Grande and freaking *NSYNC headlining Coachella. Together. Onstage at the same time.
Yeah, if you’re freaking out, you’re not alone.
Grande actually ended up sharing the stage with a bunch of rad special guests during her set, including Nicki Minaj, P Diddy and Mase. But no one got the crowd quite as excited as the bastion of boy band culture, the harbingers of our ‘90s nostalgia, *NSYNC.
The boys (minus Justin Timberlake, boo) joined Grande onstage to perform “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” and ‘90s kids’ hearts everywhere basically burst.
“Tearin up my heart” NSYNC ft. Ariana Grande at #AriChella
— Pop Supreme (@ThePopSupreme) April 15, 2019
Those vocals. That choreography. Is it getting ahead of ourselves to just proclaim Grande to be the offiial fifth member of the band, now that JT has gone MIA? Because she earned the spot. That performance was nothing short of incredible, and it already has people renaming the iconic festival “Arichella.”
Seriously, people are losing their minds over this performance, and for good reason.
I’m readying my body for Ari to bring out *NSYNC during her set tonight. I cannot believe this is happening. WIG. #coachella
— Mister Preda (@MisterPreda) April 15, 2019
NSYNC?!?! WHAT IS THIS #Coachella lolllll
— Ari Weintraub (@Floejisan) April 15, 2019
An *NSYNC performance without Justin Timberlake? JC Chasez has been waiting YEARS for this. #ARICHELLA
— Taylor Banks (@MsTaylorBanks) April 15, 2019
Ariana Grande just brought out the four other *NSYNC dudes to perform Tearin Up My Heart at Coachella and they looked so happy.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 15, 2019
Performing with *NSYNC is exactly what any ‘90s kid would do once they’ve made it. What a relatable queen #ARICHELLA
— Laura Cohen (@lauragailcohen) April 15, 2019
Relatable queen indeed. That last tweet is absolutely correct — this is what any good ‘90s baby would do given the chance, only Ari is the one who actually did it, which makes her our official ‘90s queen. We stan her so hard.
While the “surprise” performance with *NSYNC has fans kind of losing their minds, it was, um, not exactly a surprise. Grande and the boys from the band have been teasing it for days leading up to her headlining set at Coachella. Like when Grande tweeted some old concert video of the band in its heyday.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 11, 2019
Or when she posted a video of herself bopping to some *NSYNC with the caption “best medicine.”
Then there was the moment that JC Chases cryptically tweeted about a “mic check,” and Grande quote tweeted him with a cute message about how his mic was definitely on.
Mic check, mic check one… two… is this thing on?!?
— JC Chasez (@JCChasez) April 14, 2019
That got fans speculating that Grande and Chasez were plotting something together, but then Lance Bass got involved and at that point, the beans were pretty much spilled. Anyone who was paying attention to Twitter knew what was about to go down by this point, because let’s be honest, they didn’t exactly try to keep it a huge secret. Not that we’re complaining.
So by the time she took the stage, everyone was pretty much just waiting for the moment the members of *NSYNC would reveal themselves.
So is this the most iconic Coachella performance of all time? There’s some stiff competition, like when Beyoncé epically splayed that stage at Beychella last year. We’re not quite ready to declare a winner, but Ariana definitely cemented her place as a true queen and one of the best Coachella headliners ever.