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Backstreet Boys open up about Grammy nomination and ‘DNA’ album

Backstreet Boys Talk ‘DNA’ In New York
WATCH: ET Canada's Keshia Chanté sits down with the Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys are back in a big way.

In a Canadian exclusive, ET Canada‘s Keshia Chanté sat down with the group members, including Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean, who opened 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.

Backstreet Boys perform onstage during 2018 BLI Summer Jam at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on June 15, 2018 in Wantagh, N.Y.
Backstreet Boys perform onstage during 2018 BLI Summer Jam at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on June 15, 2018 in Wantagh, N.Y. Kevin Kane / Getty Images

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“You know, it’s kind of unheard of,” said Carter.

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“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,” Litrell added.

Reacting to their 2019 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Littrell said, “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.”

(L-R) Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys at Music Choice on June 15, 2018 in New York City.
(L-R) Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys at Music Choice on June 15, 2018 in New York City. Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

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Carter explained, “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.”

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(L-R) Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys at the SiriusXM Studios on Jan. 28, 2019 in New York City.
(L-R) Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys at the SiriusXM Studios on Jan. 28, 2019 in New York City. Getty Images Archive

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Meanwhile, the group joked that they could be open to adding a sixth member. Addressing their new Doritos commercial for the 2019 Super Bowl on Feb. 3, which features the group alongside Chance The Rapper, McLean quipped 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 added, “[We’re] glad to be collaborating with him. The theme of the commercial is taking a classic [chip] and putting some fire on it.”
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