Timberlake back at Super Bowl after 'nipplegate'
Justin Timberlake has been confirmed as the official performer of Super Bowl 2018, 14 years after the “nipplegate” accident.
The 52nd NFL Super Bowl will feature the Can’t Stop The Feeling singer as the headline act – on the same slot he occupied with Janet Jackson in 2004.
Jackson and Timberlake performed the smash hit Rock Your Body together on stage at the event’s halftime show but, as he sang the lyric: “I’ll have you naked by the end of this song”, Timberlake pulled part of Jackson’s costume, exposing her right breast, except for a nipple shield.
The “wardrobe malfunction” accident overshadowed the rest of the Super Bowl, and both MTV and Jackson had to issue a formal apology.
Jackson said at the time she had not agreed the move with the event’s producers, but was a last minute decision with Timberlake which had gone wrong.
On Monday, the singer shared a video on his Twitter page with comedian Jimmy Fallon, where the host asks him: “Do you have the time?”.
“I do have time,” Timberlake answers. “I do half time,” he adds.
The announcement was made during the halftime break of the New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons game, a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl, and Timberlake guaranteed the audience the Jackson incident “won’t happen this time”.
But reactions on Twitter haven’t been favourable, with users criticising the NFL for inviting Timberlake but not Jackson.
“If Janet Jackson can’t ever perform at the Super Bowl again then Justin Timberlake shouldn’t be able to either,” one user wrote.
It will be the third time Timberlake has taken to the stage at the American football showpiece, and is expected to perform hits like SexyBack, Mirrors and Cry Me A River.
The 52nd Super Bowl will take place on 4 February in Minneapolis, Minnesota.