The “TRL” Finale Will Mark The End Of Pop Culture As We Know It

We’ve already mentioned the imminent TV return of Jesse Camp thanks to this Saturday’s TRL finale, but somehow this momentous occasion keeps getting bigger and better–so much that the network tacked on another half hour to the program. (Be bold, MTV! Make the TRL finale one of those 24 hour long programs you were so fond of for awhile. Carson Daly, Fred Durst, and Taylor Swift all holed up in your Times Square studio–what’s not to like?) MTV has announced that the show will feature a one-time-only (for now) performance by Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Nelly, as well as music from Beyoncé, 50 Cent, Fall Out Boy, and the Backstreet Boys. Still, perhaps the most exciting announcement is that both Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez are scheduled to appear. We’re two-fifths of the way there, MTV–call the other three guys and history will be made! Lance and Chris are probably over that whole “bad dancer” thing by now. [MTV]

  • Tauwan

    Three things:

    (1) When I caught the commercial for this last night, I watched it in complete silence, as if it was earth shattering/mind blowing news [I was a high school student at the height of TRL's popularity who just so happens to own a cd or two (or three) by many a popular artist from their heyday.]

    (2) I also wondered if an Nsync reunion would be out the question [See (1)]. Especially after seeing the Backstreet Boys were popping up, and

    (3) Upon hearing that Mariah Carey would show up, I immediately wondered if she would be passing out Ice Cream this time around too.

  • Tauwan

    And it would make me a very happy man if they did a “Carbon Copy” segment where they showcase artists obviously built for the TRL machine that just couldn’t quite reach Brit/Christina/Nsync/Limp Bizkit heights. I’m talking Willa Ford, LFO, Stacie Orrico [I'm Stuck On You chick], etc. Please feel free to help a brotha out and continue the list.

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    @Tauwan: O-Town, Dream, Papa Roach, 98 Degrees …

  • Defenestrated

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: Damn it, you’re bringing up memories that I’ve tried oh so hard to forget.

  • Maura Johnston

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: what! this song is awesome

  • phaballa

    Don’t forget about DREAM, omg.

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    @Maura Johnston: I actually love that track, too. But they were Danity Kane (complete with Puff Daddy role in their creation), minus the reality show/competition component.

  • Halfwit

    Do we rank Lou Bega in this “genre,” or is that another ball game entirely?

    Yellowcard? (kinda getting outside my “golden age,” but they should count).

  • Tauwan

    @Halfwit: @Audif Jackson Winters III: @Maura Johnston:

    I think we got ourselves a nice segment going for the “TRL Finale Showcase”

    Another edition for the pack: Alien Ant Farm.

    P.S. If 98 Degrees and Yellowcard count, does that mean I can also include Jessica Simpson and/or Good Charlotte. There was one point in 2002 or 2003 when I couldn’t turn on MTV without seeing that Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous video.

  • Tauwan

    I’m also mad that I can’t think of any “here today, gone tomorrow” R&B artists and/or rappers from TRL’s Golden Age without consulting some outside resources. I know there had to be a few.

  • CapnCalamity

    Umm…Ja Rule & Ashanti? 112? B2K?

    Also, am I the only one who’s heard the rumor that Britney will perform there? She’s supposedly been working on a 10 year anniversary version of “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”

  • Tauwan


    Okay, I’ll give you Ja Rule and Ashanti, as well as B2K. But you must, you must, YOU MUST(!) leave 112 out of this. They deserve better than that.

  • Halfwit

    @Tauwan: Way late, but still… Next. Next. Next.

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