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‘Wardrobe malfunction’ forgiven: Justin Timberlake to perform at Super Bowl LII

Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson perform during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston on Feb. 1, 2004. At the end of the set, Timberlake ripped Jackson’s costume, exposing her right breast, though her nipple was covered.
Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson perform during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston on Feb. 1, 2004. At the end of the set, Timberlake ripped Jackson’s costume, exposing her right breast, though her nipple was covered. Associated Press file

Justin Timberlake performed in one of the most talked-about Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.

More than 13 years after “wardrobe malfunction” became a widely used term, the Grammy- and Emmy-winning artist on Sunday was selected to perform during the NFL’s championship game for a record third time.

He’ll perform at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Vikings.

Timberlake hasn’t been invited to play at a Super Bowl since 2004 in Houston. During the break in the game between the Carolina Panthers and eventual winner New England Patriots, Timberlake performed with Janet Jackson. At the end of their set, Timberlake ripped Jackson’s costume, exposing her right breast, though her nipple was covered.

The incident was deemed a “wardrobe malfunction,” but neither Jackson nor Timberlake had been asked to perform in the big game again – until now for Timberlake. The Federal Communications Commission fined CBS $550,000 for the incident, but the penalty was appealed and ultimately rescinded in 2011.

Timberlake also performed as a member of N’Sync during Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, Fla., where the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants.

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