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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO HEADLINE THE PEPSI SUPER BOWL LII HALFTIME SHOW FEBRUARY 4 ON NBC
Global superstar Justin Timberlake will headline the PEPSI SUPER BOWL LII HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4.
A multi-talented actor and musician, Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he rapidly became a highly respected musician, winning two Grammys for his debut solo album, “Justified.” He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award® for the song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film TROLLS for which he won his 10th Grammy.
A gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including: ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, SHREK THE THIRD and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. He has also won four Emmys for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” Timberlake is a co-star of the upcoming film WONDER WHEEL, which opens later this year.
This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII.
Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.
During halftime of NBC’s Sunday Night Football game on October 22, 2017, Football Night in America host Mike Tirico spoke exclusively with Timberlake. Below are quotes from that conversation:
Tirico: “So you’ve done this Super Bowl halftime thing before. When they call and say, ‘We want you to be the guy for Super Bowl LII,’ what’s your reaction?”
Timberlake: “Let me think about it (joking)…Immediately, I was excited. It’s a huge moment so I was very excited.”
Tirico: “So you know what football people do all the time. Let’s go back and watch the tape, see what we did, try to do it better. Will you go back and watch all the Super Bowl halftimes that have been done before?”
Timberlake: “I’ve already watched a ton of them just to make sure that were not pulling out any gags you know — people are flying, and Lady Gaga jumped from the top of the stadium or something.”
Tirico: “Yes, she did.”
Timberlake: “I don’t know, man. I’m 36 now. I don’t know how much of that I can do anymore.”
Tirico: “You’re a dad. You’ve got a two year old. You can’t be flying off of stadiums.”
Timberlake: “I know, man. I’ve got to consider these things. When I look back at Super Bowl halftime shows I have participated in, and former ones of other artists like Beyoncé, Bruno (Mars), Coldplay, and then I would say legends like Michael (Jackson) and Bruce (Springsteen). I think the U2 performance, based on what was happening in the world at the time, the hair on the back of my neck stands up just thinking about it.
Now, what I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies. 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.
I have a goal to make Al Michaels dance. So Al Michaels, if we can get you to shake your booty at the Super Bowl halftime show. By the way, we can start that hashtag — #AlMichaelsShakeYourBooty. That would be the icing on the cake.
So, unity, Al Michaels dancing — what a time to be alive.”