Backstreet Boys Get a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Solely Because of Your 4th Grade Birthday Wish

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After years of wallowing in dissatisfaction with the world, you might be noticing that things are suddenly starting to align with your cherished childhood tastes. They’re making new movies out of things you used to love — G.I. Joe, Stretch Armstrong, RoboCop. The actors you once admired — Amanda Bynes and the guy from Young Hercules — are now holding fast to the spotlight. And the musicians you admired, fawned over, wrote alarmingly specific fan letters to, are finally getting the recognition they deserve: the Backstreet Boys have earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Variety reports that BSB took the 2,485th star on the Los Angeles alleyway on Monday morning. And while the 11-year-old devotee of the band still brimming wildly in your heart revels in the announcement, your present adult form… is also pretty ecstatic, yeah. Because hey, maybe you don’t like to admit it around your classic rock aficionado spouse or concert pianist sibling or that really attractive dude that just so happens to be an award-winning composer, but a few of the Backstreet Boys’ hits were actually pretty damn catchy.

So don’t feel as though you need to hide your enthusiasm. Celebrate this long-in-the-waiting moment. Congratulations to the quintet whose origins date back to 1993 Orlando. You’ve earned this… at least, as far as the impassioned fourth grader who still lives inside each of us is concerned.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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