Best American Music Awards Performances No. 18: *NSYNC Sing 'Bye Bye Bye' With No Strings Attached at the 2000 AMAs
In honor of the 2017 American Music Awards, Billboard is counting down the best performances from the awards show’s history. Here is No. 18.
*NSYNC utilized their sophomore album title No Strings Attached in the video for "Bye Bye Bye," acting as puppets being controlled by a seemingly wicked woman as they danced to their smash hit in the song's opening. Before they even debuted the visual on Jan. 24, 2000 (on TRL, of course), they brought their now-iconic dance moves and real-life puppets of themselves to the AMAs stage on Jan. 17, 2000 -- just without the evil puppetress.
As the performance begins, *NSYNC's massive puppets appear to the tune of Pinocchio's "I've Got No Strings," which flawlessly transitions to a snippet of their song "No Strings Attached." In perfectly dramatic boy band fashion, the puppets collapse as Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrck rise from the floor -- in coordinating get-ups of colored shirts and cargo pants -- and the dancing commences.
After spending almost all of 1998 and 1999 touring, *NSYNC already had showcased their impressive dancing skills around the globe. But "Bye Bye Bye" is absolutely the most classic of all of the group's dances throughout their career, and the AMAs served as the world's first chance to see that iconic choreography in action. How could that not make the AMAs best-of-all-time list?
Jog your memory (and dance along) with *NSYNC's first "Bye Bye Bye" performance below.
The 2017 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Vote for the AMAs on Billboard.com.