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Don't be so quick to *hold a beat* walk away. We have some BIG Video Music Awards news that's gonna rock your body, world, late-August schedule, EVERYTHING. Justin Timberlake (as in THE Justin Timberlake) is performing at the 2013 VMAs in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25! Not only will JT be hitting the VMA stage for the first time in 6 years, but MTV is also doling out highest honors to Timberlake, presenting him with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. From his formative days in *NSYNC to this year's hotly anticipated (TWO PART) 20/20 Experience, from Justified to "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake's footprint on pop culture, especially in the music video space, is gigantic. SO, is there any better excuse than this to take a look back at Justin's contributions to music video fashion? (Answer: Nope.) Here are our top 10 favorite Justin Timberlake music video wardrobes of ALL-TIME. In GIFs!

10) 'I WANT YOU BACK' - *NSYNC

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*NSYNC's 'I Want You Back' music video.
Photo: Trans Continental Records/GIF: Shidokht Shafei

Back in 1997, a little 5-man singing group called *NSYNC dropped their eponymously titled debut album. On that record was a track (#8, if we're getting really specific) called "I Want You Back." (P.S. If you don't get goosebumps during the boys' first staggered chord, you should probably close out of this browser tab now because this is not the post for you.) It was the group's first official single, and our music video introduction to Justin Timberlake. And what an intro it was. Single Sinbad earring, ripstop nylon jackets (like all the boys at school used to wear), an evident appreciation for over-sized sporty separates, and yea, the baby blues didn't hurt either.

9) 'CRY ME A RIVER' - JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

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Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River' music video.
Photo: Zomba Recording/GIF: Shidokht Shafei

After *NSYNC, JT embarked on what has become a colossally successful crossover solo career. One of our favorite songs and music videos from his premier reinvention stage is now and will forever be "Cry Me A River," a Timbaland-produced kiss-off track inspired by the end of his relationship with Britney Spears. It was moody, somber, but still a little bit vengeful, and accordingly, Justin was clad in all black and soaking wet from rain. The static shots with his hood up are THE BEST.

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A still from Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie (Ft. Jay-Z)" music video.
Photo: RCA Records

Justin Timberlake is almost too smooth for his own good. His moves (both of the dance and business variety) are so slick that in retrospect, you think you should have seen them coming. Like, of COURSE, we should have known that JT would release the official music video for his comeback single "Suit & Tie (Ft. Jay-Z)" on VALENTINE'S DAY, ensuring his title as the best Valentine a bajillion humans have ever (EVER) had. The video, which (!!!) features a mostly-seated Hov, may be in black-and-white, but rest assured, the grayscale does not inhibit either of these dudes from racking up an impressive amount of outfit changes. Thus, we're breaking them all down for you look by look. Happy V-Day, y'all!

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Welp, looks like Justin Timberlake got us again. In the wee hours of this Thursday morning, JT dropped the full version of his "Suit & Tie" lyric video not even a full day after taunting us with this delicious teaser. We were surprised as it was to see Timberlake actually starring in the lyric video (clad in swoon-worthy Tom Ford BTW), but the full version is way exceeding our expectations. While there's no Jay-Z cameo (and accordingly, JT would be right to save that for the official music video) nor is there a fitting room montage à la The Sweetest Thing, there are a HEFTY number of outfit changes. Thus, we're breaking this bad boy down look by look — our first lyric video!

BRINGING FEDORAS BACK

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A still from Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" lyric video.
Photo: RCA Records

DAG NAB IT, JUSTIN. I thought we told you you didn't need fedoras anymore??? We suppose it's part of your signature steez, and it lends to the classic Sinatra/Rat Pack thing you're embodying both with your career and this song in particular, but man... Truthfully, you don't need them. In the same breath, you've definitely done worse, so I guess we'll suck this one up.

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A still from Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" lyric video.
Photo: RCA Records

We like to think of ourselves as a relatively insightful bunch here at MTV Style. Justin Timberlake drops a new single (his first solo dolo project since FutureSex/LoveSounds was released in 2006) called "Suit and Tie", and accordingly, we should expect whatever video comes with it will feature JT in a... *drumrollll* suit and tie! You don't need to be Nate Silver to predict that. And yet, we're STILL just as excited and slack-jawed and barely mustering up enough energy to fan ourselves with both hands to stall system overload from watching this 30-second teaser (JUST THE TEASER) of the "Suit and Tie" lyric video as if we had known nothing at all.

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Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z team up for "Suit & Tie."
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We interrupt this Golden Globes coverage for a very important announcement: Justin Timberlake has dropped his first new solo music since FutureSex/LoveSounds! JT just released a new track from his forthcoming The 20/20 Experience with a guest verse from Jay-Z, and it's called *drumrolllll* "Suit & Tie." Take a close look at the lyrics and this isn't just an upbeat love song but a polished, pressed style anthem. This is exciting because it makes real all our hopes and dreams of Justin bringing sexy back. Sealing the fate for these bizarro, whackadoo accessories, never to return again.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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