Janet Jackson NOT Banned from Super Bowl Halftime ... NFL Says

Oct 24, 2017, 00:38
Janet Jackson NOT Banned from Super Bowl Halftime ... NFL Says

Justin Timberlake has officially announced he will join the ranks of Michael Jackson, Prince and Beyoncé with a headlining performance at the 2018 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. Jackson suffered criticism about it for years.

It is Timberlake's first Super Bowl appearance since he performed with Janet Jackson in 2004.

The Grammy award-winning singer revealed this on Sunday with a skit that saw him goofing off with Jimmy Fallon.

On Sunday, after the Timberlake Halftime show announcement, the hashtag #JusticeForJanet began trending, with fans calling for Jackson to be invited back to perform. "But...no...that's not going to happen". Timberlake joked that, at 36, he definitely wouldn't be jumping off the stadium roof, as Gaga pretended to last February.

Jackson's career took a hit from the incident, while Timberlake's continued to flourish. "I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point within that 12 minutes that everybody is shaking their booty". Jackson and Timberlake both apologized; in his statement, issued shortly after the show ended, Timberlake blamed the incident, which also has been referred to as Nipplegate, on a "wardrobe malfunction" - introducing that phrase into the popular lexicon.

Of the way his experience differed with that of Jackson, Timberlake said in a 2006 interview with MTV, "It's an understatement to say that it was sort of unfair. I think that America's harsher on women, and I think that America's unfairly harsh on ethnic people".