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The Backstreet Boys are playing outside Radio City next week

By
Andrew Frisicano
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Put it on your calendar, in gel pen with little hearts and squiggly lines: The MTV Video Music Awards coming to Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20. Folks like Ariana Grande, Panic! at the Disco, Jennifer Lopez and Shawn Mendes are already set to perform at the event, and now they'll get a boost with a performance by back-in-the-day faves the Backstreet Boys, who'll play outside the venue as part of the pre-show.

The award show is invite only, but you'll be able to stream it online (as long as you have a cable TV log-in handy). Or you can head to Radio City to try and catch a glimpse of the ageless boy band in person. No guarantees of course, but what wouldn't you do for a peek at Nick, Brian, Ralph* and the other ones? The red carpet pre-show starts at 8pm and will be hosted by MTV presenter Nessa and DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore.

The Backstreet Boys last performed at the show in 1999 to sing “I Want It That Way.” Since then, BSB have broken up, gotten back together and more recently, opened a Las Vegas residency, which continues October 24 through April. (Tickets are on sale.) The band has also announced a new album that's due in the fall, and if everything goes according to plan, a world tour in 2019. This would be a great time to say "Backstreet's Back," but in this writer's heart, they never left.

*Just checking to see if you’re paying attention.

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