Timberlake back at Super Bowl halftime, no wardrobe malfunctions

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NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII Halftime Show - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - February 4, 2018 Justin Timberlake performs during the halftime show REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

February 5, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Justin Timberlake posed for a selfie, paid tribute to music legend Prince and played it safe at a halftime Super Bowl performance on Sunday, returning to the gig where he and Janet Jackson introduced “wardrobe malfunction” to the American lexicon.

Timberlake danced and sang his way through a roughly 12-minute set before a television audience estimated at over 100 million people, mixing a song from his new album and staples such as “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that made him an intentionally known solo artist.

In an homage in Minneapolis to the state’s native son Prince, who died in 2016, Timberlake played a white piano and sat beneath a projection of Prince on a screen to sing a cover of “I would Die 4 U.”

The only major piece of clothing that came off this time was Timberlake’s jacket. In 2004, he infamously ripped off part of Janet Jackson’s garment during their halftime show in Houston and briefly bared her breast.

The incident dubbed “Nipplegate” was blamed on a wardrobe malfunction. It also lit the Internet on fire with a flash of the bare breast becoming the most-searched image in Internet history at the time.

Timberlake said via social media just ahead of his 2018 performance that he would not be sharing the Super Bowl stage with Jackson on Sunday.

Jackson ended up taking most of the blame for the 2004 incident, with some radio stations boycotting her music. Timberlake came away from the incident with little damage to his career.

A few hours ahead of the game, Jackson’s fans stormed social media and made #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay the top trending item on U.S. Twitter. Supporters of the singer flooded the social media platform with messages of appreciation for Jackson, who as a solo artist has sold more than double the number of records of Timberlake, according to Recording Industry Association of America data.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Susan Thomas)

7 Comments on "Timberlake back at Super Bowl halftime, no wardrobe malfunctions"

  1. Timberlake is someone that sings someone else’s songs and he can’t even play an instrument. This is not a musician, he is, at best,an actor trying to imitate a musician. otherwise, I could care less about him and his previous wardrobe malfunction with Janet. The Superbowl halftime event has become nothing more than a cheesy wannabe-off-boradway crappy musical.

  2. Aaron Putnam | February 5, 2018 at 7:44 am |

    Looks like his entire outfit was a malfunction…

  3. Varangian Guard | February 5, 2018 at 7:39 am |

    There was a Super Bowl?

  4. photonblaster | February 5, 2018 at 5:31 am |

    One of the lamest, most gay halftime shows in human history. Thank goodness, in some states folks can step outside and spark one up.

    • What some people regard as entertainment baffles me. Watching a guy jumping around lip syncing just doesn’t do much for me. The tribute to the dead drug addict was the best part and that wasn’t worth walking into the next room for.

  5. Super-bowel. Zzzzzzzzz….

  6. NO ONE CARES!

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