Originally Published: February 5, 2018 3:50 p.m.
People magazine's music editor weighs in on how Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show hit different notes with different people. (Feb. 5)
Review: Jam-packed Timberlake halftime show fails to dazzle
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake ended his Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday with no unintentionally exposed body parts.
Still, the singer made reference to the infamous 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," the incident where he raised a ruckus by yanking off part of Janet Jackson's costume and freeing her bare breast.
Timberlake played "Rock Your Body," the same song he performed with Jackson 14 years ago that resulted in "nipplegate." This time, though, Timberlake omitted the lyric that proclaims "bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song."
It may have been the only thing left out of the halftime show, where Timberlake seemed intent upon involving everyone in the stadium except the Eagles and Patriots. He appeared to try every idea thrown at him in production meetings.
One may have worked well — opening his set in the bowels of the stadium in what was made to seem like a small club — if the performance hadn't rendered his new single "Filthy" unintelligible.