It’s true that boy bands are still alive and well today—just look at One Direction for proof—but there’s no denying that the craze’s true heyday was back in the ‘90s. After the New Kids On the Block paved the way for them in the ‘80s, groups like NSYNC, 98 Degrees, and more had tween girls everywhere at fever pitch—though none, perhaps, more than the Backstreet Boy, who celebrated their 20th anniversary by getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. Talk about a memorable anniversary!
They boys’ star (well, they’re not really boys anymore, but you know what I mean) is the 2,485th star to hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame; it’s located between those belonging to Boyz II Men and The Osmonds. Appropriate, no?
All five of them dressed in their dapper best for the occasion, clad in slick suits accompanied by megawatt smiles. According to E! Online, the crowd went wild and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. “I love you guys. And aside from my wedding day and the birth of my daughter, this is hands-down the best day of my life,” said A. J. McLean. “I never, ever imagined in a million years that we would be a part of this,” Nick Carter added.
Howie Dorough’s reaction? “I will one day be able to bring my family here. My kids will be able to bring their kids here and still be able to see the legacy that the Backstreet Boys have carried on for many years.” Meanwhile, Brian Littrell joked, “I worked my entire life to never be walked on, but I’m okay with this one”; and Kevin Richardson summed it all up nicely: “What a beautiful day. What another beautiful way to celebrate 20 years together.”
The Backstreet Boys formed in the early ‘90s. Although they were put together by Lou Pearlman, most of them knew each other beforehand, either through work or running the audition circuit in Orlando. They released their first album, the self-titled Backstreet Boys, in 1996, and… well, you know how the story goes. They’ve had both a phenomenal amount of success and their own bumps along the road (A. J. McLean’s struggles with substance abuse and addiction, Kevin Richardson leaving the group in 2006); and now, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary, they’ve sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band of all time.
The BSB even has a new album in the works. Finally free from the control of the record labels, they’re pulling together material unsupervised for the first time in their career—totally independent of label interference. “We made it our own,” Kevin recently told Variety, “and we own this record.”
Tell us: What was your favorite boy band in the ‘90s?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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