Justin Timberlake is busy rehearsing for his performance in the 2018 Super Bowl LII halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 4. He will take to the stage set up in the middle of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for a 15-minute show in between halves of the big game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Timberlake is set to sing a couple of tracks, including his hit single “Filthy,” from his new album, “Man of the Woods,” which was released on Feb. 2. And he will reprise several of the biggest hits of his solo career (“My Love,” and “SexyBack”). He may also do a chorus or two of the top-charting songs that he sang as part of ‘N Sync. That boy band had been part of the line-up on the Super Bowl XXXV show in 2001 along with Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Nelly and Britney Spears.
The big question is will Timberlake have a guest performer? That was they way he appeared in the halftime show in 2004. The headliner of the Super Bowl XXXVIII concert was Janet Jackson. She concluded her set with a surprise appearance by Timberlake and a performance of his hit single “Rock Your Body.” Their duet concluded with him ripping off her jacket a little too vigorously, accidentally exposing her right breast. This “wardrobe malfunction” prompted the Federal Communications Commission to fine CBS more than half a million dollars, though that was reversed by the courts.
Last year Lady Gaga didn’t share the stage with anyone but Coldplay celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl in 2016 with guests Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. Likewise, Mars did a duet with Red Hot Chili Peppers when he headlined in 2014. And Katy Perry collaborated with both Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz in 2015.
We will have to wait till halftime on Sunday, which should be around 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET, to find out if Jackson or anyone else will be joining Timberlake live onstage. We do know that he is planning a tribute to Prince, a Minneapolis native who died in 2016. The “Purple Rain” singer headlined Super Bowl XLI in 2007.