The group instead opted to perform the national anthem at the big game in 2001 while fellow boy band *NSYNC hit the big stage with Britney Spears and Aerosmith.
While the boy bands made their mark on the Super Bowl Halftime Show stage, one of the greats never got the chance – or maybe we should say, they never took the chance. .
As Nick Carter explained to HEY Thursday, the street boys actually had the opportunity to attend the 2001 game in Florida – “My hometown,” he added – but they declined.
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Instead, another boy band from the 90s *NSYNC take the stage with the biggest pop star of the decade, Britney Spearsand Aerosmithwho were enjoying a huge decade of comebacks.
“By the time we came out of the era of, we loved the whitney houston interpretation of the national anthem. And for us, we had a choice and we went through halftime,” he told the outlet with a chuckle.
While it was true that much attention was paid to Houston’s iconic rendition of the national anthem in 1991, it was rather how amazing Whitney was as an artist. Nonetheless, Carter said he felt “we did a really good job at the national anthem.”
He avoided a direct response when asked if he regretted the band’s choice to skip the halftime show for the national anthem, slipping in some lyrics from “Shape of My Heart.”
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“Looking back on the things we’ve done,” he sang, before saying, “I want to do this in the future.”
In particular, he wishes that might happen the next time his hometown team goes to the Super Bowl. In fact, he thinks it would be “pretty cool” if *NSYNC joined them on stage to bring together the biggest boy bands of the 90s for an epic performance.
“It still goes back to when we came from, the late 90s,” he said. “It was a really great time and I think everyone wants that again. They want that feeling to come out of all of this, everything that we’ve been through together and in society over the last year and a half. We want to be part of this story, of love and growth and just to come out of the dark.”
Perhaps to tease that very possibility, Carter is teaming up with BSB’s AJ McLean and *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Joey Fatone for a special event on June 18 to celebrate Pride Month.
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“Bingo Under the Stars” takes place live at The Grove in LA and will feature, among other surprises, the four singers coming together to perform songs from both bands’ classic catalogs.
“This is the first time The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC have done something like this together,” Carter said. But if he gets his wish, it may not be the last.
“If they want us to do a Super Bowl halftime, I’ll tell you what, there’s only one Backstreet Boys and there’s only one *NSYNC, and I think we’re doing it pretty well,” he said.
He also hinted at the possibility of the bands hitting the road together like BSB did with New Kids on the Block. What better way to kick off or wrap up such a hot ticket than with a Super Bowl halftime show. Looks like it’s all up to you, Bucs!