Grown-up boy bander Justin Timberlake will reportedly headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Us Weekly quoted an insider that claimed the 36-year-old Tennessee native was “finalizing” the deal and that, as of now, the show is set to feature Timberlake alone, with no surprise guests.
Timberlake was already a veteran of “Star Search” and “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” when he joined the boy band ‘N Sync in 1995. The group went on to release three multiplatinum albums and scored hits with “I Want You Back,” “Bye Bye Bye,” “It’s Gonna Be Me” and “Pop.” In 2001, at the peak of ‘N Sync’s fame, they played the halftime show with Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.
In 2002, Timberlake launched his solo career with “Justified,” an album that saw him take a turn toward R&B. Two years later, he made his infamous Super Bowl halftime appearance with Janet Jackson. At the end of the performance, he tore away her black leather costume in a move meant to reveal her red lace bra, but instead briefly exposed her breast on live television.
The incident earned worldwide headlines and turned the phrase “wardrobe malfunction” into a pop culture catchphrase. The controversy led the Federal Communications Commission to fine CBS a record $550,000.
In the years since, Timberlake has released three more albums and hit the charts with “SexyBack,” “My Love,” “Suit and Tie,” “Mirrors” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” He also pursued an acting career, starring in such films as “The Social Network,” “Friends with Benefits” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” while frequently appearing on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
In February 2014, Timberlake drew more than 15,000 fans to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. He married Ely native Jessica Biel in 2012 and the couple had a son, Silas, three years later.