*NSYNC reunites at the 2013 MTV VMAs

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Lance Bass of 'N Sync perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV)
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It was the probably one of the music industry's worst-kept secrets and arguably one of the biggest letdowns.

Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC did reunite at the2013 MTV Video Music Awards as had been speculated for days. But the boy band only performed together for a few seconds.

Timberlake, the evening's Video Vanguard Award recipient, performed a series of solo hits before *NSYNC emerged onstage for an extremely short, blink-and-you'll-miss-it rendition of "Bye Bye Bye" and "Girlfriend."

Following the performance, comedian Kevin Hart hit the stage and took a few jabs at the boy band, saying the guys had gained some weight and had a difficult time moving around the stage.

Last week, reports spread that the boy band, who hadn't performed together in 10 years, would reunite for the VMAs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bass didn't confirm or deny the report in an interview with Siriux/XM last week. But on Saturday, another clue surfaced: *NSYNC joined Twitter a day before the awards show:

The mics were definitely on, but for *NSYNC, they weren't turned up for long.