The NFL announced Sunday that Timberlake, 36, is set to perform in Super Bowl LII's halftime show on February 4 in Minneapolis.
JT fits the bill of a halftime act to a T: a mainstream, relatively safe megastar (never mind the "D - - in a Box" skit on "SNL") who is readying the follow-up to his last album, 2013's "The 20/20 Experience", and will likely launch a big tour once his new record is ready to drop.
Timberlake, a 10-time Grammy victor as well as an Emmy-winning actor and producer, had been in talks to be the headlining act of the halftime show, one of the premier entertainment events in USA sports. The singer previously performed at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, which is when he performed with Janet Jackson and grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons.
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The event is unaffiliated with the school, and no student groups sponsored the speech or invited him, the university said. Spencer is scheduled to speak at the Curtis Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
An estimated 140 million people were watching the show when at the end, Timberlake popped off part of Jackson's corset, exposing her breast.
Timberlake made an appearance on Sunday Night Football on Sunday, where he discussed his upcoming Super Bowl headlining gig with NBC Sports anchor Mike Tirico. "The ad featured a dramatic reading of 'N Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" or, as the band later tweeted, "#BaiBaiBai". Timberlake has signed on to the Trolls sequel, which is slated for a 2020 debut, and also stars opposite Kate Winslet in Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel, which is set to hit theaters December 1. He said the best Super Bowl performances have spoken to the mood of the nation. Timberlake joins other recent headliners Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.