Justin Tim­ber­lake to headline 2018 Su­per Bowl half­time show

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Justin Tim­ber­lake will re­turn to the Su­per Bowl half­time show next year, the NFL has an­nounced, 14 years after one of the pop star’s most no­to­ri­ous live per­for­mances on that same stage. Blame it on that “wardrobe mal­func­tion.”

Tim­ber­lake and his per­for­mance part­ner, Janet Jack­son shocked an es­ti­mated 140 mil­lion peo­ple with an in­ci­dent that be­came known as “Nip­plegate.”

At the con­clu­sion of their well-chore­ographed 2004 per­for­mance of Tim­ber­lake’s Rock Your Body, the singer reached over to Jack­son and tore off a sec­tion of her cloth­ing. The re­sult­ing up­roar re­sulted in an FCC fine — later re­scinded — and a state­ment from Tim­ber­lake that coined a new term: “I am sorry if any­one was of­fended by the wardrobe mal­func­tion during the half­time per­for­mance at the Su­per Bowl,” he said. “It was not in­ten­tional and is re­gret­table.” The in­ci­dent helped pro­pel Tim­ber­lake to even greater fame, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously dam­ag­ing Jack­son’s ca­reer.

Asked by NBC Sports an­a­lyst Mike Tirico whether the mal­func­tion was dis­cussed during ne­go­ti­a­tions, Tim­ber­lake re­sponded with a grin and a stut­ter. “That … that … that won’t hap­pen this time,” he said.

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