The Backstreet Boys are back in a big way.
In a Canadian exclusive, ET Canada’s Keshia Chante sits down with vocal group members, including Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean, who open up about their latest album, DNA, which is predicted to become their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in 18 years.
“You know, it’s kind of unheard of,” says Carter to which Littrell adds, “Things kind of move out of the way, you know, when we all see the same goals. And that’s a blessing. And we act on that each and every day.”
Reacting to their 2019 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, Littrell contends, “I used to be kind of upset that we were nominated so many times and we don’t have a particular Grammy. I think that’s really the end all be all of total acceptance.”
Carter explains, “This is our eighth time being nominated and it’s definitely an honour to have that, but, again, we’ve actually lost in the past. And now after 26 years, I think the best award ever is having this longevity – having these relationships with each other. So if it doesn’t happen, you know, it really doesn’t necessarily matter as much as the reward of having each other.”
Meanwhile, the group jokes that they could be open to adding a sixth member. Addressing their new Doritos commercial for the 2019 Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3, which features the group alongside Chance The Rapper, McLean quips that the Chicago-born rapper could “quite possibly” be their newest member.
“He’s a great guy,” says Richardson. Opening up about their new commercial, he adds, “[We’re] glad to be collaborating with him. The theme of the commercial is taking a classic [chip] and putting some fire on it.”