On February 1, 2004, Janet Jackson graced the stage during the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show.
She performed her hit song, “All For You” before welcoming rappers P. Diddy and Nelly to the stage. Following their performances, Kid Rock took his turn.
Janet then returned to the stage to sing “Rhythm Nation” and welcomed her final guest, former boy band member, Justin Timberlake. The two performed one of Justin’s hits, “Rock Your Body.”Donald Miralle/Getty Images
The ending, however, didn’t go as planned. When Timberlake sang his last words, “gonna have you naked by the end of this song,” he was instructed to rip off a part of Janet’s costume, exposing the red piece of fabric that was covering her breast.
Unfortunately, when Timberlake grabbed and pulled the piece of the costume off, the red fabric came with it, revealing Janet’s bare breast to the millions of Super Bowl viewers.
The incident caused serious backlash, with Janet taking the brunt of it. Following the incident, Timberlake said of the reaction:
“It’s an understatement to say that it was sort of unfair. If you consider it 50/50, I probably got 10 percent of the blame. And I think that says something about society. I think that America’s harsher on women and I think that America’s unfairly harsh on ethnic people.”
Timberlake hasn’t been asked to headline his own Super Bowl halftime show — until now.
During this week’s Sunday night NFL matchup between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, Timberlake posted a video on his Twitter account:
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017
At the end of the video, talk show host and Timberlake’s friend Jimmy Fallon helped the singer reveal that he will be headlining the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show.
When asked about the 2004 incident — and whether fans should prepare for any new surprises — Justin told the NFL Network:
“I feel a little more grounded. And at this point in my life, being a father and a husband and making mistakes along the way, just as a human being, you know you learn from those things and apply them to try to set the bar higher for yourself. I do know that I have a lot of influence, and this stage will be highly influential.”
The pop singer says he plans to use the stage to unite the country and get them all dancing. He should have no problem doing the latter.
Watch his interview with the NFL Network below: