Justin Timberlake made a mistake when he didn’t invite Janet Jackson to be part of his 2018 Super Bowl LII halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 4. When we asked you to review his solo performance, only 31% of you rated it excellent. A whopping 42% of you judged it to be just okay and 27% thought it no good and that the Super Bowl should be just about football. If you haven’t cast your vote in the poll do so at the bottom of this post and then be sure to sound off in the comments section.
Timberlake had been a surprise guest on Jackson’s infamous 2004 Super Bowl appearance. At the end of their duet of his hit single “Rock Your Body,” he ripped off her jacket a little too vigorously, exposing her right breast. The resulting “wardrobe malfunction” has haunted her ever since.
Timberlake took to the stage in the middle of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for a 15-minute show at about 5:15 p.m. PT/ 8:15 p.m. ET. That marked the halfway point of the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.
His set list kicked off with the hit single “Filthy” from his new album, “Man of the Woods,” which was released on Feb. 2. He segued into a medley of the biggest hits of his solo career beginning with “Rock Your Body” and “Senorita” followed by “SexyBack,” “My Love” and “Cry Me a River”. Accompanied by the University of Minnesota marching band, he then performed an elaborate routine to “Suit & Tie.”
While taking his place at the piano, he sang “Until the End of Time” and then Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U.” Prince, a Minneapolis native who died in 2016, was seen on a huge screen performing “Purple Rain” during his rain-soaked Super Bowl XLI concert in 2007. Timberlake concluded his energetic mini-concert with “Mirrors” and the-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the animated film “Trolls.”
He didn’t do even a chorus or two of the top-charting songs that he sang as part of ‘N Sync. That boy band was part of the line-up on the Super Bowl XXXV show in 2001 alongside Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Nelly and Britney Spears.