The Backstreet Boys Performed at the ACM Awards, and the Internet Melted Down

Fans had no idea what they were in for.

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At Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards, the Backstreet Boys performed their song with Florida Georgia Line, "God, Your Mama, and Me." The song was a sweet, romantic ballad, and then they moved to one of the Backstreet Boys' biggest hits, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." Many fans loved it, but some reacted with curiosity: Why was a boy band performing at the ACMs? They even taught Florida Georgia Line their choreography.

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The performance comes just after Beyoncé performed her song "Daddy Lessons" with the Dixie Chicks at the Country Music Association Awards last year. That performance was met with a harsh reaction, with some fans saying she was too "pop" for the country scene. (And she performed a country song, while the Backstreet Boys went full '90s pop nostalgia!) Fans were baffled, and generally split in their reactions.

*Turns on ACMs*
"Coming up: Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys"

— Darren Schroeder (@DSchroederTX)

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Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys singing a medley at the is all you need to know about the current state of country music.

— NotKennyRogers (@NotKennyRogers)

Florida Georgia Line with The Backstreet Boys on the ACM's.. 😂
Are we still arguing about having a line between Country and POP Country?

— Jay 🐦 (@JayNCarroll)

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Country music stars jamming out to Backstreet Boys is the best thing ever. 😂

— Molly Meagher (@Molly_Meagher)

The Backstreet Boys are at the Country awards show?

— Somebody's Role Model (@TooDeepNot2Deep)

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The fact that the Backstreet Boys are at the says everything about how terrible modern radio country music is 🙄

— Kevin Yurt (@KevinYurt_KA)

But at the end of the day, artists love to cross genres, and this isn't the first or the last time a pop star will make an appearance at a country show. So why not indulge in some '90s throwback fun during the ACMs? Tim McGraw clearly loved it:

No one loved & more than

— Ikaroo (@CountryLiving)

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