Justin Timberlake confirmed to perform at Super Bowl halftime show
It’s official: Justin Timberlake is bringing sexyback to the Super Bowl halftime show.
The NFL announced Sunday that the 36-year-old pop star has been invited back to the marquee event, 14 years after he was involved in “nipplegate,” when Janet Jackson suffered a “wardrobe malfunction” and caused a national controversy with her exposed breast and pierced nipple. 2018 will be Timberlake’s third time performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, the most for any artist, when he takes the stage Feb. 4 in Minnesota.
Timberlake previously performed at the NFL championship game in 2001 with *NSYNC, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears and Nelly, and again in 2004 as a solo artist with Jackson, Nelly, P. Diddy and Kid Rock.
Will we get another wardrobe malfunction?
Timberlake sang “Rock Your Body” with Janet Jackson in 2004 in Houston, infamously ending the performance by ripping her costume to reveal her right breast and its nipple shield. CBS was fined $550,000 by the FCC for the incident, but it was later overturned.
“That won’t happen this time,” Timberlake promised in a “Sunday Night Football” interview with former Syracuse sportscaster Mike Tirico.
In this Feb. 1, 2004, file photo, singer Janet Jackson covers her breast as Justin Timberlake holds part of her costume after her outfit came undone during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston.
But what will Justin Timberlake’s setlist look like?
The 10-time Grammy winner has a huge catalog of hits to choose from, including from his boy band days. Timberlake gave no hints about what songs he might perform, but said that he wants to get 72-year-old football commentator Al Michaels to shake his booty — along with the rest of America.
“What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies,” Timberlake said. “I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point within that 12 minutes that everybody is shaking their booty.”
Special guest stars?
Most Super Bowl halftime shows, save for rock bands like U2, The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, include one or two guest stars to appeal to wider audiences. Timberlake may not need any help as he already has 11 top ten hits as a solo artist — plus six more with *NSYNC bandmates JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass, and six more as a featured singer on other artist’s songs.
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Timberlake could still bring in a few big names thanks to collaborations with T.I. (“My Love”), Jay-Z (“Suit & Tie”), Madonna (“4 Minutes”), Black Eyed Peas (“Where’s the Love?”), Timbaland (“Give it to Me”) and actress Anna Kendrick (“True Colors” from “Trolls”).
The possibilities are endless, but Timberlake only gets 12 minutes to perform at halftime.