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Posted: October 23, 2017

Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

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What You Need to Know About Justin Timberlake

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Singer Justin Timberlake will be returning to the Super Bowl stage for the first time since he was part of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004, the NFL confirmed Sunday.

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Timberlake, who will be performing in his third Super Bowl halftime show, will be the featured artist during the intermission of the NFL’s showcase game on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. He previously appeared at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa in 2001, but it was his appearance with Jackson at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004 that caused controversy.

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An estimated 140 million people were watching the show when at the end, Timberlake popped off part of Jackson’s corset, exposing her breast. The incident, later described as a “wardrobe malfunction,” led to numerous complaints and a large fine by the Federal Communications Commission, The New York Times reported. The fine was eventually vacated by an appeals court, the Times reported. For Jackson, there was more fallout. Rolling Stone reported she was essentially blacklisted, which affected her music career.

During an interview televised during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast, Mike Tirico asked Timberlake if the NFL had addressed the incident with him.

The singer smiled and said, “That won’t happen again.”

Timberlake, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, rose to fame with the boy band ’N Sync. He has since had solo hits such as “Sexy Back,” “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body.”

Timberlake also had a hit with “Can’t Stop the Feeling” on the soundtrack for the animated movie, “Trolls.”

While Jackson remains banned from singing at the Super Bowl. Several people on Twitter were angered by the choice of Timberlake. 

“It had better damn well be a 15 minute apology to Janet Jackson for hanging her out to dry in 2004,” one person tweeted. 

Another tweeted that Timberlake was “still ensuring white privilege remains in style in 2017. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson is still left in the cold.”

“ My only request is that you don't perform any of the music inspired by her brother or any Black artist. You love our culture, but disrespect our people.”


Justin Timberlake in talks to do 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, report says

Justin Timberlake may be returning to the Super Bowl halftime show 14 years since being involved in a wardrobe malfunction scandal with Janet Jackson.

UsWeekly reported that, according to an insider, the 36-year-old musician is finalizing his deal to perform at the 2018 show at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium.

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In 2004, Timberlake’s performance with Jackson, in which he ripped off part of her outfit to reveal a pasty but instead revealed her right breast, led to weeks of discussion and controversy. It ultimately led to a rule change, and the Federal Communications Commission required a five-second broadcast delay during live performances.

Fallout from the malfunction disproportionately affected Jackson. Rolling Stone reported that the malfunction at the show, which was produced by MTV, led to an essential blacklisting of the singer by CBS and MTV’s parent company Viacom. The singer’s music videos were kept off of MTV, VH1 and radio stations under the umbrella. The blacklisting was blamed by Jackson's fans for the underperformance of her album that was released five weeks after the Super Bowl performance.

The report of Timberlake’s involvement comes after rumors that Jay-Z turned down the slot.

In a Sept. 14 radio interview, Kelly Clarkson said she wouldn’t do the halftime show because she’d have to pay to do it.

“I’m not paying; you pay me,” she said. “I heard that and I’m like, ‘Wait. I’ve been doing this too long, y’all. I ain’t paying people.’”

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Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

Singers Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake caused a controversy during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.


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