Super Bowl LII: It’s All About JT (Sorry, Tom)

Super Bowl LII: It’s All About JT (Sorry, Tom)

By William Glanz

Plan the menu. Put the beer on ice. Super Bowl LII will kick off in just a few days (February 4, to be exact).

Football purists will watch the game to see whether the New England Patriots win back-to-back championships, but there are other good reasons to tune in. The music and commercials always make the annual football classic worth watching.

New Music?

The NFL has recruited Justin Timberlake to perform at halftime of Super Bowl LII. Maybe that’s why he missed the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on January 28. Leslie Odom Jr. and Pink also will perform prior to kickoff.

The Super Bowl performance is a coup for JT in terms of timing. His new album, Man of the Woods, will be released this Friday, February 2. The JT buzz will be strong!

Man of the Woods will be his fifth studio album and his first since 2013, when he released The 20/20 Experience. JT already has released three new songs from the new album. This month he dropped “Filthy,” “Supplies” and “Say Something,” which features fellow GRAMMY® Award winner Chris Stapleton.

Will JT Pay Homage to Prince?

The singer is expected to perform a 13-minute set on Sunday.

That’s enough time for new music, old hits and maybe a Prince tribute. The Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will play in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., not far from the late singer’s legendary studio, Paisley Park.

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, and the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings play Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” each time the team scores a touchdown during a home game. In 2007 Prince also provided one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows, which included him playing “Purple Rain.” In the rain. Seriously. Check out the official NFL-produced video of the event here:

Of course, JT has been part of some memorable halftime shows, too! The infamous wardrobe malfunction happened in 2004. In an interview that aired on January 18, he addressed the snafu and assured people there won’t be another mistake.

“We’re not going to do that again,” JT said.

He also has made it clear that his Super Bowl LII show will be a solo performance.

JT’s Third Super Bowl Appearance

His Super Bowl LII performance will be JT’s third halftime show. That’s more than any other performer. In addition to his 2004 performance with Janet Jackson, JT appeared at the Super Bowl in 2001 with ‘NSync.

The audience for the Super Bowl’s halftime show is massive – another reason the performance is a coup for Timberlake. Last year, 117.5 million viewers watched Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl LI halftime show.

What else is there to do on a Sunday night in February? So plan the menu, put the beer on ice and tune in to Super Bowl LII on Sunday. The halftime show could be even better than the game.