Backstreet Boys won big at the 2018 CMT Music Awards, but not everyone was happy.
The group performed the song, which appeared on their 1997 self-titled album, alongside Florida Georgia Line, which made the performance qualify for the awards.
My 8 year old mind can’t comprehend how the Backstreet Boys just won a country music award. #CMTAwards— Travis Mofield (@travism33) June 7, 2018
However, many onlookers were just surprised that the Backstreet Boys won an award in the country music genre.
"My 8-year-old mind can't comprehend how the Backstreet Boys just won a country music award," one viewer wrote.
Another viewer added, "So this Backstreet Boys thing... we're just deciding they're country now? Is that what's happening?"
So this Backstreet Boys thing... we’re just deciding they’re country now? Is that what’s happening? #CMTAwards— Amber Essman (@AmberEssman) June 7, 2018
However, some reactions went past confusion and went into anger.
Most filed the pop stars' win in with the prevailing country music trend of pop-country artists, as opposed to more "authentic" country artists.
"Backstreet Boys just won an award beating out Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton. This award show can no longer be taken seriously," one viewer wrote. "What a joke. I'm gonna mute this."
Backstreet Boys just won an award beating out Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton. This award show can no longer be taken seriously. What a joke. I’m gonna mute this and listen to some @caseydband #CMTawards— Miguel Ponce (@migsy312) June 7, 2018
Despite this mass of detractors, some Backstreet Boys fans were thrilled to see the beloved group walk away with some recognition.
"How about the Backstreet Boys landing a CMT Award!," one fan wrote.
Another enthused fan added, "YASSSS BACKSTREET BOYS AND FGL!!"
YASSSS BACKSTREET BOYS AND FGL!! #CMTawards— Ellen Bass (@elliebelles90) June 7, 2018
Despite the hatred, the group seemed thrilled on stage while accepting the award.
"Who would have thought, 20 years ago, that these guys, Florida Georgia Line, would be singing ["Everybody'], on stage and we would actually being doing something together," member Brian Littrell said on stage.0comments
Nick Carter excitingly jumped in to add, "I want to thank thank God, my mama and these boys."
The CMT Music Awards is currently airing on CMT and the Paramount Network until 10 p.m. ET.