2018 will bring sexy back to the Super Bowl.
Before Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Falcons, Justin Timberlake confirmed on Twitter in a video with Jimmy Fallon that he will be the performer at the Super Bowl LII halftime show. Timberlake’s third step onto the Super Bowl halftime stage will be the most for any individual entertainer.
According to US Weekly, this has reportedly been in the works since September, who had the exclusive.
Timberlake last stepped onto the halftime show stage with Janet Jackson in 2004 when her infamous wardrobe malfunction occurred. The two were performing Timberlake’s hit “SexyBack” when Timberlake went to rip off Jackson’s clothing, and her breast became exposed on national television. The incident was later described as a planned move that ended up as a wardrobe malfunction. This led to the Federal Communications Commission getting over 200,000 complaints from viewers and a $550,000 fine issued against CBS that was later overturned.
Timberlake was asked about that performance during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” to which he replied, “That won’t happen this time.”
It is no secret that Timberlake is extremely talented, starting from a young age. At age 11, Timberlake appeared on “Star Search,” performing country songs under “Justin Randall.” Later, Timberlake starred in “The Mickey Mouse Club,” alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, from 1993-1994.
Timberlake’s rise to stardom broke when the boy band *NSYNC formed in 1995. By 1998, the band sold over 11 million copies off of their self-titled first record. The band produced three albums and sold over 50 million copies worldwide. They were named the fourth biggest boy band of its time by Billboard. The boy band disappeared in 2002, the same year Timberlake embarked on his solo music career.
Timberlake’s first solo album, “Justified,” sold over 7 million copies worldwide and earned Timberlake two Grammys for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.”
Timberlake has collaborated with many big names. He has frequently worked with The Black Eyed Peas, receiving a Grammy nomination with the band for “Where Is The Love?” He has also collaborated with Jay-Z, who co-headlined the “Legends of The Summer” tour in 2013 to support his “The 20/20 Experience” albums and Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” However, his most famed collaborator is Timbaland. They first worked together on “Cry Me a River,” leading to Timbaland producing all of Timberlake’s solo records, solidifying an iconic partnership between the two.
From 2008-2012, Timberlake was focused on expanding his acting career, putting his music on hiatus. However, Timberlake led on to star in films such as “The Social Network,” “Bad Teacher,” and “Friends With Benefits” before resuming his music in 2013 with “The 20/20 Experience” and “The 20/20 Experience 2/2” The albums ended up being the biggest of that year with singles of “Mirrors” and “Suit & Tie.”
Timberlake has been nominated for over 38 Grammys, winning 10 of them. All of his albums have had a song nominated, which is impressive to have in your repertoire. His most popular song to date to be nominated is, with no exception, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” from the animated Dreamworks “Trolls” soundtrack. Currently, the song is the 29th most streamed song on Spotify with over 705,000,000 plays and has over 620,000,00 views on YouTube.
Timberlake will no doubt deliver an exciting halftime show. The performance will be held on Feb. 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.