Justin Timberlake’s infamous 2004 Superbowl halftime show with Janet Jackson came to be known as Nipplegate.
The shocking moment the former boyband singer exposed the older Janet’s breast led to lasting changes in procedure – with the FCC implementing a five-second broadcast delay during all live performance.
This year Justin will once more front the halftime show, although he insisted the moment ‘won’t happen this time’ during an interview on Sunday Night Football.
And it has emerged that there’s still an outside chance Janet could join him, with NFL officials tellingTMZ ‘there’s no ban’ on the All For You songstress.
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No laughing matter: Last time Justin Timberlake, 36, performed at a Superbowl halftime show with Janet Jackson, it ended in an epic wardrobe malfunction
Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson is shown with Justin performing during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004 when a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ occurred
An NFL spokesperson told TMZ the couldn’t speculate on whether or not the SexyBack hitmaker would bring Jackson back after their last appearance together:
‘There may be no guests,’ they said, adding: ‘Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake.’
As for Scream singer, Janet, she’s allowed back if Timberlake wants her: ‘There’s no ban [on Janet].’
When Justin was asked straight out by host Mike Tirico if a similar slip would occur this time around, the Can’t Stop The Feeling! singer deadpanned:
‘No Mike, that’s not going to happen.’
Assurances: When asked straight out by host Mike Tirico if a similar slip would occur this time around, the Can’t Stop The Feeling! singer deadpanned: ‘No Mike, that’s not going to happen’
The incident gained massive notoriety and caused a spike in sales of Timberlake’s album at the time.
The Cry Me A River singer said he’d already been studying previous halftime shows for ideas of what he can do this time around – if his body will let him.
‘I’ve already watched a ton of them,’ said The Social Network actor, ‘People are flying, and Lady Gaga jumped from the top of the stadium or something.’
‘I don’t know, man. I’m 36 now. I don’t know how much of that I can do anymore.’
Studying hard: The Cry Me A River singer said he’d already been studying previous halftime shows for inspiration
Rock your body: Timberlake’s performance will take place 14 years after his infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ performance with Janet Jackson
Timberlake’s performance will take place 14 years after his infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ performance with Janet.
The Suit & Tie singer took to social media Sunday to announce his Superbowl return in a sketch with comedian Jimmy Fallon, 43.
They were shown standing in front of a monitor for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in casual clothing.
Halftime performer: Justin Timberlake took to social media on Sunday to announce that he’ll be performing during the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February
‘Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?,’ Justin asked Jimmy.
‘I was going to ask you, sir, if you have the time,’ Jimmy replied.
Justin then said he does have the time and then repeated that he does ‘have time’.
‘You’re doing the half time show at the Super Bowl?,’ Jimmy then asked excitedly.
Comedy skit: The 36-year-old singer teamed up with Jimmy Fallon, 43, for a comedy bit to announce the big gig
Have time: Jimmy was going to ask Justin if he has the time and Justin said he ‘does have time’
Justin confirmed it and they both started hugging and jumping in celebration.
Pepsi also took to Twitter to officially announce that Justin will take the stage at Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.
It will be Justin’s third time performing during the Super Bowl halftime show after previously performing with ‘N Sync in January 2001 at Super Bowl XXXV and with Janet, 51, at Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004.
Infamous performance: Justin and Janet apologized after the ‘wardrobe malfunction’
Janet was the headline performer for Super Bowl XXXVIII and Justin was a surprise guest for her performance of Rock Your Body.
Justin tore open her costume and exposed Janet’s breast to roughly 140 million viewers instead of just showing her red bra as they claimed was planned.
Justin later apologized for the ‘wardrobe malfunction’.
Pepsi for the sixth year will be the title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, which is the most-watched musical event of the year.
Celebration time: Justin and Jimmy celebrated the singer landing the halftime show
Justin joins some of the world’s top performers who recently have performed at halftime, including: Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.
Lady Gaga performed during the Super Bowl LI halftime show in February and the NFL claimed it was the ‘most-watched musical event of all-time across all platforms’ and the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show ever reaching more than 150 million people.
Super Bowl LII and its Halftime Show will be broadcast by NBC.
On stage: Ten-time Grammy winner Justin is shown performing Saturday in Austin, Texas