The 4 best live music acts you should see, according to NSYNC’s Lance Bass

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Lance Bass attends 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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As a member of one of the biggest boy bands of the late-90s, NSYNC’s Lance Bass has performed in thousands of live concerts. He has also attended plenty of live events as a fan, including countless concerts, Broadway shows, and Lakers basketball games.

“I love live experiences,” Bass told Business Insider recently while promoting his work with online event ticket site StubHub.

“I love experiences over physical gifts just because the memories that you make is what’s so great about it. Everyone always remembers their first concert and all that type of stuff.”

Business Insider asked Bass to share his picks for the best live acts in music. Here are his top four recommendations:


Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande performs onstage during Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball at Philips Arena on December 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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“One, she has turned into an amazing performer,” Bass explained. “She was always a vocalist, but just in the last couple of years getting her feet wet on tour, it takes a little while for artists to really get used to it. I mean, her shows are just really, really great. Her dancers, her performing, it’s amazing. And I love when an artist sounds exactly like their records. And that’s why I love Ariana. She sounds just like her records. I think she has the best voice in the industry today.”


The Weeknd

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The Weeknd performs during Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France.
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“You can tell he was very influenced by Michael [Jackson],” Bass said, “And just the type of songs that The Weeknd has, that’s exactly what Michael would be doing right now.”


Britney Spears

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Britney Spears performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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“Of course, I like my Britney Spears, I do,” Bass said of his longtime friend. “I haven’t seen the updated Vegas show yet, but I can’t wait to get to Vegas this next year and see it. Britney’s so great at performing and her dances are so incredible. But you really have this nostalgic feeling going to her show, because you forget how many freaking hits she had. Every time a song comes on, you know exactly where you were when you first heard it.”


The Shadowboxers

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The Shadowboxers perform during the WME Party during the IEBA Conference on October 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“They’re not a new band, they’ve been together for about eight years, but they’re just kind of blowing up right now because Justin Timberlake just signed them to his development company,” said Bass. “The Shadowboxers out of Nashville are, by far, my favorite band. Basically, if Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake had a baby it would be this band and they’re just so much fun to watch. They’re incredible singers and they’re just kind of like how Bruno and his band just have so much fun on stage, and do like little dance moves and all that, that’s what they deliver too.”