The Basics: ‘The After Party’ Vegas Event

As things slowly make a return to normal, the Backstreet Boys are slowly starting to reemerge to various stages and we are HERE. FOR. IT!

While a collaboration of an assortment of boyband members is not necessarily new here (Dead 7, anyone?), Nick and AJ have really amped it up in the past few months during their downtime from the Backstreet Boys, performing with Joey Fatone and Lance Bass as BackSync, for a charity event…. and promising more in the future.

The future was sooner than Backstreet Time would lead you to believe because Nick and AJ are about to hit the stage in August with *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris.

We’ll be keeping this post updated with EVERYTHING you need to about The After Party, as the event is titled, from tickets, VIP, media and special guest appearances. Keep checking back for updates on your most frequently asked questions and more!

The Dates + Location

August 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd at The Sands Showroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas

Buy tickets here!

The VIP Situation

  • VIP Meet and Greet Upgrades are BACK! AJ, Nick, Joey and Wanya are all offering M&Gs for $250 USD that include the following:

Individual Meet and Greet

Individual Photo with the artist

One Autographed 8×10 Photo

One Commemorative VIP Laminate and Lanyard

  • The above VIP upgrades are ***THE ONLY WAY TO MEET*** Nick, AJ, Joey or Wanya. You can buy them here!
  • You CAN do multiple VIP upgrades.
  • As normal, you will receive an email 24-48 hours prior to the event with M&G time details. It will be late afternoon.
  • Ticketmaster is selling a VIP experience called ‘VIP Soundcheck Experience’. It includes the following:

A signed 8 x10 photo with all 4 artists 

One of a kind laminate 

Sound Check Experience with Q&A (approximately 20 minutes in length) 

At least two artists present during the Sound Check Experience


  • Please note that the Soundcheck Experience can ONLY be purchased when you buy tickets to the event and there is no guarantee which members will be present. The event starts at 6:30pm PST.

Media Coverage + Special Guests

Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Boyz II Men Members Team for ‘The After Party’ Las Vegas Engagement (VARIETY EXCLUSIVE)

Other Things You Need To Know

  • There is currently a mask mandate in the city of Las Vegas. You will be required to wear a mask in M&G and during the show as well as throughout the venue. Read about the rest of the precautions here.

Everything You Might Have Missed From The BackSync Collaboration With Nick, AJ, Joey and Lance

Just when you thought the ‘Friends’ reunion was going to be the biggest (re)union of the year, Nick Carter, Lance Bass, AJ McLean and Joey Fatone had other plans.

While Lance and Nick have been teasing big things coming from them together for months, a few weeks ago on an instagram live would be where we were first teased with the concept of a collaboration between 2/5 of the Backstreet Boys and 2/5 of *NSYNC.

We had no idea just how huge it would be, what a great cause it would be for and, to our surprise, how much we would love it!

If you missed any of it (or just want to see it again), we’re giving you the highlights below!

1. The Preparation

Credit: Lisa Hiser

The day prior to The Bingo Under The Stars event at The Grove in LA, where Lance, AJ, Nick and Joey were set to take the stage as a foursome, who named themselves BackSync, they gathered at Lance’s house for a little rehearsal and a little fun! We’ve linked all the TikToks and posts you can’t miss below.

The Back-Sync Introduction (AJ’s TikTok)

PIVOT!! (AJ’s TikTok)

Back-Sync Pixar Edition (AJ’s TikTok)

Behind The Scenes Rehearsal (AJ’s TikTok)

At Lance’s House (Lance’s TikTok)

Weee! (Lance’s TikTok)

Behind The Scene Rehearsal (Lance’s TikTok)

Potential Breakup Song with Rod (Rod’s TikTok)

Nick and Lance in custom Tsuki jackets (Nick’s IG)

Behind The Scenes At Lance’s House (Joey’s IG)

2. The Performance

Credit: US Weekly

‘Bingo Under The Stars’ featured 10 Bingo games hosted by Todrick Hall and Rupaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle Visage in honor of PRIDE month. Following the games, the newly formed boyband collab took the stage to perform “I Want It That Way” and “Bye, Bye, Bye” (complete with choreography that the two BSB just learned the day before)! While The Grove live streamed most of the performances on instagram, they sadly did not say it. However, here are some things you CAN watch.

“I Want It That Way” (Nick’s IG Live)

“Bye, Bye, Bye” (AJ’s IG)

The Entire Performance (Mission Tsuki IG)

A Recap of The Entire Event (Mission Tsuki IG)

3. The Charity

Credit: Getty Images

Not only was the Bingo Under The Stars event set to celebrate PRIDE month, but for an opportunity to do good in the LGBTQ+ community. If you’ve been following Nick and Lance on social media recently, you’ll know that both men are very excited about the cryptocurrency Tsuki and Mission Tsuki. It is through Mission Tsuki that this event would made possible and the event was made even sweeter when Tsuki donated $1M in Tsuki tokens to The Trevor Project. A portion of all ticket sales for the event went to The Trevor Project as well as the cover charge from the afterparty at Rocco’s afterwards.

4. The Media (Pictures, Interviews, etc.)

While you can find many more photos and media across each guy’s social media, here are a few highlights and all the interviews you need to read / watch!

Nick Carter, Lance Bass, AJ McLean and Joey Fatone on Possible ‘Back-Sync’ Music (ET Exclusive)

Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC Dish on Future of ‘Back-Sync’ Collab Following Debut Show — and Invite Justin Timberlake to Join the Fun (Variety)

Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC Hope to Put ‘Fabricated’ Feud to Rest After Joint Pride Performance (People)

Find more photos on Zimbio!

5. The Afterparty

BackSync ended the night at Rocco’s for an epic return to normalcy as all four members took the stage and the DJ booth to sing along to their own songs (and others) before stopping to take a few selfies with fans. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the Summer!

All of The Recent AJ McLean Interviews You Might Have Missed

With the recent release of his single “Love Song Love”, AJ McLean has been making the rounds with multiple media outlets to talk about his new single, his love for the LGBTQ+ community, his newfound sobriety and so much more to look forward to in the future!

While we’ve been trying to tweet all of the interviews as we see them, unless you are on Twitter, you might miss a few. So, we figured the best way for everyone to play catch up is to put everything here in one spot! We’ll keep this post updated so that you can keep coming back for all the AJ you can handle.

Peer 2 Peer: Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean and Lucas Silveira Talk Trans Representation, Self-Expression, and Sobriety

AJ McLean Talks “Love Song Love,” Wanting An Invite To The Met Gala & His Support For The LGBTQ+ Community

AJ McLean Talks Celebrating Trans Community In ‘Love Song Love’ Music Video, Teases Backstreet Boys’ 30th Anniversary Plans

Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean Dances in Drag, Celebrates Trans Community in ‘Love Song Love’ Video (EXCLUSIVE)

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean Surprises A Pregnant Fan With Epic Seaside Serenade

AJ McLean Talks Solo Project, Backstreet Boys’ Christmas Album & More!

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean Discusses Sobriety and Substance Abuse Awareness

10 Questions About Ava Dean Beauty, Answered By Josh Naranjo (+ More)

While we’ve all been at home for the past year, many things have changed. Some people have launched new careers, products, and brands, others have restructured and shifted their entire way of doing things to fit stay-at-home orders, and all of us have learned how to do something that we weren’t used to doing before.

For a long period of time during the coronavirus pandemic, nail salons were closed and a lot of people who were used to getting a fresh manicure / pedicure every few weeks were now relegated to doing it themselves.

And that’s where Backstreet Boys fans (and nail polish lovers everywhere) lucked out! In late 2020, AJ McLean and Josh Naranjo, who fans most likely recognize as AJ’s longtime security detail and friend, launched the Ava Dean Beauty brand, featuring four polishes and a top coat, giving fans the PERFECT excuse to learn how to perfect an at-home mani/pedi. (Note: Anyone who knows me knows that my nails are ALWAYS polished and having used Ava Dean for the past few weeks, I am IMPRESSED!)

The small business, which keeps family as the focus with the current polishes being named after AJ’s family members and images of dads painting their daughters nails decorating their instagram page, invites nail polish enthusiasts of all ages, gender and expertise to dive into world of color and often posts quick tips on how to make your next mani the best. In fact, their new website includes blogs that walk visitors through nail basics and more. From the bottles to the packaging to the polish formula, there is a personal touch on everything, designed with customers in mind.

While AJ’s family might be the inspiration for the nail polish, it is Josh who is running things behind the scenes! With such a great product and so many naked nails out there, we wanted to touch base with him for a little Q&A to reveal some things that you might not know about Ava Dean Beauty, a little backstory, and what’s next for the beauty line (including a little SURPRISE about the next color launching VERY SOON)!

Keep reading below for more details about a new product and a WHOTB giveaway!

How long has Ava Dean Beauty been in the works and was it called anything else before or was this always the plan?

Josh: Actually, this has been in the work for years. Knowing nothing about nail polish myself, I had to start from scratch. Along the way, I was blessed to get a mentor, which helped tremendously. (Shout out to John Heffner!)

After seeing Alex (AJ McLean) and his daughter Ava getting their nails done, is where my side of this kicks in. When I called him to share this idea of doing a nail polish/beauty line together, it clicked so easily for him. He has been wanting to do his own nail polish line for years. For those who may not know, AJ has been wearing nail polish and getting manicures and pedicures for over 20 years, consistently. 

We had many different names in mind. I think we considered around 10-15! After Lyric was born, AJ wanted to include both of his daughters’ names, and that’s where Ava Dean Beauty was born. We were able to capture both of his daughters’ names – Ava Jaymes and Lyric Dean. 

Do you think quarantine helped or hindered the launch?

I think it did both, honestly. When the economy shifted, dramatically, most people pulled back and chose to conserve.. and rightfully so. One thing I learned about nail polish is that it is, historically in cosmetics, the second to last thing to be cut from the budget when the economy slows down. Fun Fact: lipstick is the last. 

Do you anticipate events based around the polish / beauty line when tour returns? 

Absolutely! That was the plan for 2020 when we were laying out a tentative roll-out time– manicure and pedicure events throughout the country. We definitely hope to resume these events once touring starts again. 

Would you consider doing nail art contests on socials?  

Yes, it’s about time we do that and let everyone be able to show off their creativity! 2020 lead a lot of people to do at-home manicures and use it as a form of self-care.

Do you think there was less pressure releasing a polish line with a fanbase already semi-in place or was there more pressure because expectations are high? 

We are so thankful for the fanbase that has trusted and believed in us. It was really an organic way to start, having such a diverse group of fans. We are really fortunate for the overwhelming positive response, and it has encouraged us to keep developing quality and responsible products. 

With the Kardashian beauty lines, they often collaborate with their sisters. Would Ava Dean consider a collab with the other Backstreet Boys, other celebs, etc.? 

We are definitely open to opportunities to work with people that align themselves with the same values of Ava Dean Beauty, some of those values being products that are vegan, animal cruelty free,10-free, and socially responsible.  You know…things that make you larger than life. (Note: Man, we love a good pun!)

Do you anticipate a launch of nail tools, merch, etc. or are you strictly sticking to beauty products?

We have a few things in the works, but at the moment, we are focused on nail polish. We want to build a credibility with our customers, so they can turn to us for the latest in seasonal shades. 

Which is harder – being on tour or running a business? 

Whoa…well, I believe both have equal challenges. Constantly being in different places around the world, means a lot of adjustments. This demands a lot of attention. 

Running a business creates a lot of different responsibilities at the same time. People turn to you for answers, such as, multiple vendors, consultants, manufacturers, lawyers, accountants, independent contractors, and most importantly, the customer. We would be nothing without them. None of this would be possible.  

What’s your ultimate goal with Ava Dean Beauty – the biggest thing that would mean success to you? 

We want to grow this brand to where it’s recognized as one of top brands you want to continue buying. Our goal is to build a trust! 

We hope to one day be available for retail around the world. Ultimately, we hope that we make Ava and Lyric proud of what they helped inspire, and maybe they take over! (Note: ISN’T THAT THE CUTEST VISION?!)

Would you be interested in collaborating with beauty / nail YouTubers / influencers in the future? (For example, Simply Nailogical, who I am a big fan of, is a BSB fan.)

Funnily enough, we have been seeing Cristine’s (Simply Nailogical) artwork on socials ever since we dove into learning this business. She and Ben are the perfect example of growing an organic brand…..staying consistent and evolving.  

We hope to be able to reach out to nail influencers around the world and their respective followers. Cultures have different styles and shades they lean toward, but one common thing is nail polish, and we would love to explore that. 

We, as fans and nail polish aficionados, can not WAIT to see what Ava Dean Beauty has in store next.

NEW PRODUCT ALERT: In fact, we know a little something about the next polish that will be available VERY SOON and we can’t wait to get our hands on it (and get it on our hands). It’s inspired by AJ’s grandmother and if you pay close to attention to AJ’s social media, you’ve likely seen it already…. 🙂

GIVEAWAY TIME: With the launch of a new polish coming, Mother’s Day coming soon, and Ava Dean Beauty being family-centric, we wanted to launch a giveaway! If you are in the U.S. (the only place that ADB polish is currently able to ship), we want to hear about you and your mom, stepmom, grandmother or mother figure sharing special BSB moments (big or small) and why she is the Perfect Fan!

While we will feature all stories in an upcoming Mother’s Day post, we will choose one person to win a gift card from Ava Dean Beauty! You can submit your stories below.

What’s Happening On The Backstreet – January 3, 2021

Happy New Year, fan-mily!!

In case you haven’t noticed (or don’t follow us on Twitter), we’ve been on a little hiatus to regroup and figure out what we want to do with WHOTB in the new year. The truth is… we still aren’t sure. But we are here and going to try to jump back into things! It’s been a wild time among Backstreet fans, but we are hopeful that everyone is entering 2021 with a warm heart and a peaceful outlook….we sure are!

So, before we start doing other things, let’s catch up on everything the Backstreet Boys have been doing that you might have missed:

  • AJ McLean
    • Ava Dean Beauty has launched, offering four shades of polish plus a top coat. You can preorder now and they are set to arrive in time for Valentines Day! Read more about the brand here.
    • Dancing With The Stars might be over, but you can still catch AJ with Cheryl Burke and friend Rene Elizondo on the Pretty Messed Up Podcast every week with a lineup of interesting guests!
    • He celebrate a year sober in December and has teased new solo music coming very soon, with a first single that “will have everyone talking”.
  • Nick Carter
    • After finishing his stint as the pink Crocodile on The Masked Singer last month, Nick released his retro-inspired single, 80s Movie! Listen to it here and keep up with everything you need to know about progress on his next solo venture here.
    • Following the release of his single, Nick gave a lot of interviews to talk about everything from Vegas to his solo work to the future of the Backstreet Boys. If you missed any of those interviews, you can find them here and here.
    • Nick also launched his Twitch channel as PopKidNick a few months ago! While he hasn’t been active recently due to the holidays, you can certainly watch the replays (and an exclusive studio session on if you’re a fan club member). He has promised to make a return early this year.
    • He has also teased many fun projects ahead, including a mystery collab with Lance Bass. We can’t wait to see it!
  • Howie D.
    • Howie has just launched an opportunity for fans to get a personalized message from Sweet D. himself via Cameo. Even better is the fact that all of the money goes to charity!
    • He also gave a sweet little holiday performance with sister Pollyanna on Twitter – check it out!
  • Brian Littrell
    • Unsurprisingly, Brian has been doing lots of things with his family in his off time, helping with Baylee’s career as an up and coming musical artist. Most recently, Brian and Baylee performed virtually for Q 99.7’s All Right For The Holidays. You can watch the performance here!
    • They also talked to The Pop Culture Show — watch here!
  • Backstreet Boys
    • While the Backstreet Boys might not be doing *too* much as a group right now, they have done a few things recently and one of those things is continuing to release monthly episodes of the Apple Radio “All I Have To Give” podcast series. So far, there has been a group, Howie, Kevin, Brian and AJ episode released and if you haven’t listened yet, you really should! Nick’s should be released this month and earlier last year, Nick himself stated that there were 7 (or 9?) episodes… so there should be a few more coming.
    • Also, in case you missed it (HOW?!), the BSB released a song with Britney Spears. “Matches” marks their second official collab in their history as a group and we are obsessed. You can listen to it here.

Also, we would like to mention that we are still creating items in the WHOTB Shop with ALL PROCEEDS FROM ALL ITEMS going directly to currently out-of-work live event crewmembers that we know and love. Currently, we’ve raised over $800!

If you’re interested in shopping, check it out! See something you like but you wish it was a little different? Shoot us an email and we’ll see what we can do.

Now you’re all caught up on what’s happening on the Backstreet! We have more coming soon and look forward to 2021 being a better year (cautiously optimistic here) with our entire fan-mily. See you soon!

4 Things You Should Know About AJ McLean’s Ava Dean Beauty Polish

If you know AJ McLean, you know that his nails are almost always neatly painted and on point. He has also talked many times about using nail painting as a bonding tool with his two young daughters, Ava and Lyric.

Because of this, it comes as no surprise that he has launched his own line of nail polish, Ava Dean Beauty, inspired by his daughters. Cofounded with friend and longtime security detail, Josh Naranjo, the line has been a long time coming. The two have spent a while researching all of the details to make them perfect for their customers, as Josh recently talked about on the BizQuik Podcast last month, and it has FINALLY launched!

So what do you need to know? Keep reading!

1.There Are 5 Polish Options.

The red, black, and lighter, less bold periwinkle and lilac are five shades that not only represent the McLean family, but are colors that are sure to please everyone in your own family! There truly is something for everyone here. Oh, and then there’s the top coat – arguably the most important part of a manicure. A mani without a top coat is like a Backstreet Boys album without a tour!

2. All Polishes Are 10-Free, Vegan, and Cruelty Free!

If you are a nail polish connoisseur, you will know that these factors are very important (and rightfully so) to a lot of people! If you are unfamiliar with the term “10-free”, it means that these polishes do not contain dibutyl phthalate, TPHP, toluene, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, parabens, and tert-butyl hydroperoxide. Essentially, all of this means that the Ava Dean polish is made up of a safer, non-toxic formula that you can feel good about using!

3. The Polishes Are Named After AJ’s Family Members.

As we mentioned earlier, these shades represent the McLean family. So much so, that each polish is named after either AJ, his wife Rochelle, or his daughters, Ava and Lyric. In fact, when you click on each polish to purchase, the descriptions give you a brief summary of the inspiration behind the color. Too sweet!

4. Pre-Orders Are Now Open!

Ava Dean Beauty is sold EXCLUSIVELY via their website and all pre-orders are set to arrive by Valentine’s Day! By reading the FAQ, it sounds like they are hopeful to offer their product in other places as they grow and eventually ship internationally.

Make sure you sign up for their email list and follow them on Instagram for the latest updates! We can’t wait to see your manis on tour!!

Ballroom Basics: AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke Take On Two Dances in One Week!

This is the first week that Team Pretty Messed Up performed two dances on one night and they ROCKED it, sending them to Week Nine!

  • AJ and Cheryl danced a Rumba to “Way Down We Go”, inspired by AJ’s recovery journey and making everyone in the ballroom emotional. Watch what Sharna Burgess had to say about the dance here.
  • For this dance, they earned three 8s for a 24/30
  • They then danced in a relay against Kaitlyn and Skai. This samba earned them 3 extra points added on to their score.
  • Next week, Cheryl and AJ will be paying tribute to Freddie Mercury by performing a Viennese Waltz to “Somebody To Love” for Icons Week
  • Here is the leaderboard for this week: Johnny and Britt: 27 + 3 = 30 // Nev and Jenna: 27 + 3 = 30 // Justina and Sasha: 27 + 2 = 29 // Kaitlyn and Artem: 25 + 3 = 28 // AJ and Cheryl: 24 + 3 = 27 // Skai and Alan: 25 + 2 = 27 // Chrishell and Gleb: 24 + 2 = 26 (Eliminated) // Nelly and Daniella: 21 + 2 = 23
  • Check out the latest episode of The Pretty Messed Up Podcast to hear the pair talk about the night in their own words (plus talk to special guest Kris Jenner)

Ballroom Basics: AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke Go ‘Psycho’

It was villains week on Dancing With The Stars and judging by his role as the incredibly creepy Johnny Vermillion in Dead 7, we knew that AJ would have no trouble pulling it off!

This week was not without a real life fright though, as Cheryl Burke took a scary fall the night before the live show, banging the back of her head onto the floor. However, she pulled through and performed the heck out of their villainous tango!

  • Their tango was inspired by the horror classic film ‘Psycho’, with AJ taking on a Norman Bates persona
  • Team Pretty Messed Up scored 26 out of 30
  • AJ and Cheryl talk about the week, the injury, and their thoughts on Monica being eliminated in the latest episode of their podcast
  • NEXT WEEK: All teams will be dancing TWO DANCES and there will be a DOUBLE ELIMINATION so your votes are SUPER important!
  • Here is the leaderboard for tonight:

Nev and Jenna: 30
Johnny and Britt: 27
Nelly and Daniella: 27
Skai and Alan: 27
AJ and Cheryl: 26
Chrishell and Gleb: 26
Justina and Sasha: 26
Jeannie and Brandon: 25
Kaitlyn and Artem: 24
Monica and Val: 22 (ELIMINATED)

Ballroom Basics: AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke Samba Their Way To Their Best Scores Yet

This week, Team Pretty Messed Up took on a samba, danced to J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” and WOWOWOW, they DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT! This was the team we came for! This was AJ truly in his ballroom element.

Here are the basics:

  • The samba earned AJ and Cheryl all 9s for 27/30 (and some kind words from Carole Baskin)
  • They are safe to return next week for Villains Week. They will be dancing a Tango with Norman Bates-inspired “Psycho” theme! (So pumped for this!)
  • Listen to the latest episode of The Pretty Messed Up podcast here
  • The leaderboard looks like this:

AJ and Cheryl: 27

Justina and Sasha: 27

Kaitlyn and Artem: 27

Monica and Val: 27

Nev and Jenna: 26

Jeannie and Brandon: 25

Chrishell and Gleb: 24

Nelly and Daniella: 24

Johnny and Britt: 22

Vernon and Peta: 21 (Eliminated)

Skai and Alan: 18

Thank You For Sharing: An Open Letter To AJ McLean on His Recovery and Sobriety Journey

Dear AJ,

For many years now, you have shared your iconic voice and your insane talents with people all over the world. You’ve shared your highs and your lows with anyone who would listen in hopes of helping others. You’ve shared your incredible heart from making fans feel like family members with kind words to standing in selfie lines on the last days of cruises until the morning light appeared.

You’ve never been anything but kind. You’ve never been anything but big hearted. You’ve poured everything you have into your performances, into what you give us, all the while continuing to battle your own disease. You’ve been open about the journey since you first entered rehab in 2001 and we have been rooting for you to be able to fully recover, in a way that works for you, ever since. We’ve prayed for you, we’ve hoped for you, and all we’ve ever wanted was the best for you – because that is, undoubtedly, what you’ve always deserved.

For those reasons and so many more, reading what you’ve shared with People this week – about your sobriety of 10 months and about what finally shook you – has moved all of us. We are so proud of you, AJ. We are so excited for a future with you in it, being your best self, performing as your best self, and most importantly, being the dad and the husband that you were made to be.

It is not my typical thing to include personal anecdotes within posts, but this time, I feel that I can’t finish this without it. My own father was an alcoholic, who never hit his rock bottom. He was never an unkind person and even when I was young, I knew that I had sometimes had the power to say things to make him stay home. He was in and out of rehab, never quite hitting his “bottom” until it was too late and he was too far gone. He was 42 when he passed away. AJ… thank you for being strong enough to do what my dad couldn’t. Thank you for sharing your story of hope for others who are struggling so maybe they think twice. Thank you for WANTING a better life for your girls. Thank you for trying your damndest over and over again. Your girls will thank you one day… for choosing them, for thinking they were enough to make a change, and for staying alive in a life worth living.

God has always had a plan for you, AJ McLean… that much is obvious. We’ve all been so blessed to have you in our lives for all of this time and because of your choice, because of your strength, you will continue to touch even more lives. Your story will continue to inspire and motivate others. You will only do bigger and better things – we just know it.

We’re so thrilled to be here for it. Congratulations on your sobriety, Mr. McLean.

We will always be rooting for you.