After all, though 14 years have passed, it's hard to forget the 2004 halftime show when the two performed together and Timberlake exposed Jackson's breast, a cultural incident that Jackson took much of the fall for.
"He was a guy who practically lived in a recording studio, and once we started going through [the unreleased material] we really started finding some gems", Carter told Variety. Not only was Timberlake never punished in the way Jackson was, he was even invited back to perform at this year's Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
"From *NSYNC to Jay [Z] to Chris Stapleton to Janet, but this year I'm just excited - my band, the Tennessee Kids, I feel like they're my special guests and I'm excited this year to rock the stage".
Timberlake is expected to take the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET.
If the hated hologram plan does go ahead, it will at least be fun to watch Justin Timberlake be outperformed by a famously dead musician.
One of the big appeals outside of the football is the half time performance and half time commercials that happen every year.
Days before Timberlake's record third trip to the stage at the Super Bowl, the hashtags #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay and #JusticeforJanet were trending on Twitter. "I always like to push, to be able to do something like that".
"I will be in the tunnel prior to the halftime show, and then during the halftime show actually centered on about the 45 yard line behind the camera men", she says, "It's a quite awesome view". I don't want to get all mushy or anything, but baby, this song's for you.
Still, the singer hinted at what fans can expect in a press conference Thursday. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. But Prince fans might not find Timberlake to be the best vehicle for a tribute to the Purple One. Why? "There's a lot of bucket list things that are happening this week for me, and that's definitely at the top of that list".
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