Justin Timberlake Tight-Lipped About Super Bowl LII Halftime Show But Confirms No NSYNC, Janet Jackson
Justin Timberlake has just confirmed that there won't be an NSYNC or Janet Jackson reunion at the Super Bowl LII.
The "Filthy" singer is set to headline the halftime show at the Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Timberlake Shuts Down Rumors
During a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 1, Timberlake responded with a straightforward "No" when asked whether he would be performing with any special guests at the Super Bowl this Sunday.
"To be honest, I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests... There's a whole list I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, I heard, from 'N Sync to (Jay-Z) to Chris Stapleton to Janet (Jackson)," Timberlake said at the press conference.
"But this year, I'm just excited. My band The Tennessee Kids, they're my special guests, and I'm excited this year to rock the stage," he added.
— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2018
This response comes days after NSYNC member Joey Fatone ruled out the possibility of the boy band's reunion at the annual championship game.
The Nipplegate Controversy
Over the last few weeks, there has been speculation that Jackson will be sharing the stage with Timberlake at Sunday's event. Timberlake and Jackson performed together at the Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, which is when the infamous Nipplegate incident took place.
During a rendition of their track, "Rock Your Body," Timberlake reached out and ripped off a piece of Jackson's costume, revealing her bare breast to millions. The incident led to a crackdown by the Federal Communications Commission on objectionable content in broadcasting.
CBS, the network that aired the Super Bowl that year, was also fined $550,000 by the FCC, which was later overturned.
Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime Show
At the press briefing, Timberlake also revealed that on Sunday he will be doing things that have never been done before, and confirmed that he would be performing his Oscar-nominated chart-topper, "Can't Stop the Feeling."
This will be the singer's third Super Bowl performance after the Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. Timberlake's new album, Man of the Woods, arrives on Friday, Feb. 2, for which he hosted a listening party on Thursday at Prince's old estate, Paisley Park.