Justin Timberlake announced that he will be performing at the Super Bowl half-time show in 2018.
"Last year's show was the most-watched musical event of all-time across all platforms and the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime performance in history through broadcast and digital channels, reaching more than 150 million unique people, garnering more than 80 million views and totaling 260 million minutes watched". Unless you were planning on exposing more than a nipple this time around. In the wake of that production, which also featured Kid Rock (clad in an American flag poncho), P. Diddy and Nelly, the league began trotting out a string of tamer, rock-oriented acts, such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.
There are unconfirmed reports that Jay-Z was asked to headline the halftime show before Timberlake, but that he declined to appear as he sympathizes with Colin Kaepernick and the player protests of the national anthem.
"What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies", Timberlake said.
"Mike, that's not going to happen", Timberlake said during his Sunday Night Football appearance, referring to the blunder. Not only would Jackson never perform at the Super Bowl again, but she was reportedly blacklisted at the time by Viacom media entities, with MTV, VH1 and numerous other radio stations pulling her music videos and songs. That would be the "ultimate accomplishment", he told Tirico, before joking that he also wanted veteran SNF announcer Al Michaels to join everyone else in "shaking their booty".
In 2004, Timberlake was involved in Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during her own Halftime performance. And I think that says something about society.