Justin Timberlake has reportedly been asked to perform at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis, and it’s only a matter of time before a deal is finalized. Considering what happened the last time he sang at the event, is it possible any other artists will join him?
It has been nearly fourteen years since Timberlake and Janet Jackson caused a controversy that changed broadcast history forever. During the 2004 Super Bowl, in an incident known as nipplegate, Timberlake was performing his song Rock Your Body when he grabbed Jackson’s breast and ended up tearing off part of her costume and exposing her to the entire world.
Because of the wardrobe malfunction (this was the first time this term was used), the Federal Communications Comm changed broadcasting rules, requiring live performances to have a five-second delay to prevent anything like that from happening again.
Justin Timberlake and Jackson did not do it on purpose; things just didn’t go as planned. Jackson was wearing a red lace bra, but instead of revealing her lacy undergarment we all saw her nipple and nipple ring.
This time around, however, Timberlake will not be taking any chances. Instead of his performance featuring surprise guest stars, he will reportedly be singing all by himself. There were rumors that he would be joined by Jay Z, someone he has collaborated with in the past, but an insider claims that is not going to happen. Rumor has it that Janet Jackson possibly making a surprise appearance hasn’t even been brought up. But wouldn’t that be awesome?
The ten-time Grammy winner made an appearance during last year’s Super Bowl, but it wasn’t a live performance. Instead, he showed up in a surprise commercial with Christopher Walken for Bai Antioxidant Infusion Water where the actor did an incredible dramatic reading of the ‘N Sync hit Bye Bye Bye.
Timberlake, 36, seems to be the perfect choice for the task of singing in front of billions of people. He is currently working on his fifth solo album, and the Super Bowl stage would be a great opportunity to introduce a new song or two while entertaining fans with some of his more famous tunes.
Catch Justin Timberlake when the 2018 Super Bowl takes place on February 4th.