Looks like Justin Timberlake will be the only act on the 2018 Super Bowl LII halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 4. There had been talk that he would be joined by Janet Jackson, who headlined the 2004 Super Bowl and did a duet with Timberlake on his hit single “Rock Your Body.” At the end of the performance he ripped off her jacket a little too hard, exposing her right breast. This “wardrobe malfunction” has haunted them ever since.
But Jackson won’t be reuniting with Timberlake this Super Bowl Sunday. Late Saturday she issued the following statement: “To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow: I will not. Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
That means Timberlake will be alone when he takes to the stage set up in the middle of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for a 15-minute show at about 5:00 p.m. PT/ 8:00 p.m. ET between halves of the big game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. His set list is said to include a half dozen songs.
We expect him to perform a couple of tracks from his new album, “Man of the Woods,” which was released on Feb. 2. Expect his hit single “Filthy” to be among these. He’ll also sing several of the biggest hits of his solo career (“My Love,” and “SexyBack” are the likeliest). And he may do 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.
Timberlake will end with a tribute to Prince, a Minneapolis native who died in 2016, by performing his trademark tune “Purple Rain.” Prince had concluded his memorable Super Bowl XLI concert in 2007 with that song.
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.