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Justin Timberlake officially performing at Super Bowl.

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon made a skit announcing Timberlake would be performing at the Super Bowl, but the news came with some backlash.


Emily Treadgold


JT has an extensive discography and definitely has the moves to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. People are already speculating on if the performer will invite *NSYNC pals to join him on stage, some are saying maybe Jay-Z or Britney Spears will make a guest appearance. His performance continues the trend of courting a younger audience.

That's not to say the announcement didn't come without some backlash. JT was a part of the infamous Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident and although Jackson was banned from performing Timberlake faced no penalty for the event. He even said in an interview, "I probably got 10 percent of the blame, and that says something about society. I think that America's harsher on women. And I think that America is, you know, unfairly harsh on ethnic people."

What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies. I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point, within that 12 minutes, that everybody is shaking their booty.

Justin Timberlake
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This year's halftime show was headlined by Lady Gaga who stunned the audience by starting on the roof of Houston's NRG Stadium and appearing to jump into the venue and flying through the stadium. It's one of the most highly watched events every year. The last show reached more than 150 million people. Former performers include Coldplay, Beyonce, Madonna, and Bruno Mars.

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