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pays tribute to the creator of 'It's Gonna Be May' viral meme: 'Look what you started'

By Kevin Kayhart For Dailymail.com

Published: 03:12 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 07:18 BST, 2 May 2021

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Nine years in and the 'It's Gonna Be May' meme seems to be more popular than ever.

So much so that actually took to social media to credit the woman who came up with the idea to celebrate the first of May by poking fun at the way he pronounces 'me' in NSYNC's 2000 hit, It's Gonna Be Me.

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Throughout the song, the former NSYNC singer pronounces the word 'me' like 'may.'

Giving credit: Justin Timberlake took to social media on Saturday, May 1, to give props to the creator of the 'It's Gonna Be May' viral meme that's been a sensation since 2012

Giving credit: took to social media on Saturday, May 1, to give props to the creator of the 'It's Gonna Be May' viral meme that's been a sensation since 2012

Getting a jump on the now annual May 1 tradition, Timberlake first shared a clip from the song on April 30, where he sings the title line, 'It's gonna be...' but had the word 'me' edited out. 

And then, the following day, he reposted the Twitter thread started by meme creator @astro_kianna [Kianna Davis].

'Now that it's ACTUALLY May, I have to give props where they are due. Look what you started @astro_kianna,' he shared on both Twitter and Instagram.

Meme maker: To mark the now May 1 tradition, Timberlake reposted the Twitter thread started by meme creator @astro_kianna [Kianna Davis]

Meme maker: To mark the now May 1 tradition, Timberlake reposted the Twitter thread started by meme creator @astro_kianna [Kianna Davis]

Having fun with it; Timberlake first shared a clip from the song on April 30, where he sings the title line, 'It's gonna be...' but had the word 'me' edited out

Having fun with it; Timberlake first shared a clip from the song on April 30, where he sings the title line, 'It's gonna be...' but had the word 'me' edited out

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Obviously feeling honored, Davis shared Timberlake's Instagram post, but added an apology to the singer for all

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