EVERY year the Super Bowl halftime show hits the headlines.
But who’s playing at the 2018 show and why is the performance such a big deal? Here’s what you need to know…
Who’s playing at the Super Bowl 2018 halftime show and why is the show a big deal?
Justin Timberlake has confirmed he will headline next year’s Super Bowl – which is taking place in February.
Over the years, the Super Bowl halftime show has evolved from a basic break to a huge annual spectacle – usually incorporating pyrotechnics, elaborate stage production and megastar performers.
In the Super Bowl’s early years, the show was a showcase for college marching bands and was purely about filling time while fans and viewers grabbed refreshments, and according to former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle “go to the bathroom”.
During the 90s the show became bigger and bigger – changing radically in 1993 when Micheal Jackson performed and famously moon-walked across the stage.
When has Justin Timberlake performed before and what happened with Janet Jackson?
The news of Justin’s upcoming performance comes 14 years after THAT controversial performance with Janet Jackson.
The pop star will be back at the US football extravaganza more than a decade after accidentally exposed her nipple onstage and famously coined the phrase “wardrobe malfunction”.
The 36-year-old singer will take to the stage at the American football event on February 4 to headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
It will mark his third Super Bowl performance, meaning he will clock up more appearances at the National Football League (NFL) showpiece than any other individual entertainer.
Justin confirmed his performance at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on his Twitter account via a short clip alongside talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
In the skit, Justin asks Jimmy if he has the time and he replies with the same question to which the ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ hitmaker says:
“I do have the time.”
Jimmy then says: “You do half time?”
Justin replied: “I do half time.”
The pair repeated the same questions and answers a few times before an excited Jimmy asked: “You’re doing the Halftime Show at the Super
Justin pulled a face and looked at the camera before shouting, “I’m doing the Halftime Show”, while he and Jimmy jumped around the room.
Justin’s last Super Bowl performance was a controversial one in 2004 when he ripped off part of Janet Jackson’s outfit, exposing her breast.
This news comes following months of speculation that the SexyBack star – who has two-year-old son Silas with his wife Jessica Biel – was wanted by the NFL to perform at the event.
Super Bowl LII will take place on February 4 in Minneapolis.
Who’s performed in previous years?
- 1991 – New Kids On The Block
- 1992 – Gloria Estefan
- 1993 – Michael Jackson
- 1994 – Wynona, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt
- 1995 – Patti Labelle, The Temptations
- 1996 – Diana Ross
- 1997 – The Blues Brothers
- 1998 – Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah
- 1999 – Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover
- 2000 – Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
- 2001 – Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
- 2002 – U2
- 2003 – Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
- 2004 – Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake
- 2005 – Paul McCartney
- 2006 – The Rolling Stones
- 2007 – Prince
- 2008 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
- 2009 – Bruce Springsteen
- 2010 – The Who
- 2011 – The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
- 2012 – Madonna, LMFAO. Cirque du Soleil, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, Andy Lewis
- 2013 – Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child
- 2014 – Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
- 2015 – Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
- 2016 – Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Gustavo Dudamel
- 2017 – Lady Gaga
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