One Direction — or 1D as they are commonly called — was up for Best British Group while Justin Timberlake was of course only performing at the Brit Awards. (He just recently came off a long hiatus from music.)
Timberlake performed his latest single, “Mirrors,” at the 2013 Brit Awards. MTV News reports Timberlake’s Brit Awards performance included a cool beginning with Justin standing just “beneath a spotlight” and then working his way up to a climactic ending complete with a dramatic light show and Timberlake singing in the rafters.
One Direction’s Brit Awards performance was also a delight for fans. The young boy band — whose band members’ ages range from 19 years old to 22 years old — performed “One Way or Another,” a cover of American band Blondie’s 1979 hit. Hollywood Life described One Direction’s Brit Awards performance as filled to the brim with “boyhood energy.”
While One Direction’s career seems to grow hotter with each new single, Justin Timberlake is already a musical icon. Timberlake wasted no time giving eager fans a glimpse of his reinvented musical style that clearly shows just how Timberlake has evolved and matured over these past few years.
In a way, One Direction represents a look back in time at Justin Timberlake when he too was the member of new and increasingly successful boy band *NSYNC. (The faces change but the cheesy, tween-friendly names tend to remain the same).