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Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl 2018 half-time show: When is it and how can I watch it live?

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For some of us it feels like just yesterday that Justin Timberlake made Super Bowl history with his and Janet Jackson’s controversial half-time performance back in 2004.

Fast forward to 2018 and he’s staging his return to the sporting event, hopefully free from boob-related backlash. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is a fancy way of saying championship game. It’s the culmination of the National Football League season, which kicks off the summer before. The teams that has come out on top in the NFC faces off against the best AFC team. This time the Philadelphia Eagles will battle it out against the New England Patriots for the trophy.

What is the half-time show?                         

The halfway point of the Super Bowl features a performance from a musical act. It’s a tradition of the sporting event that has its roots back in the 1960s, Way back when it was usually a wholesome American marching band that took the stage but in recent years the half time slot has become a coveted gig for pop’s great and good.

Beyoncé stole Coldplay’s thunder in 2016 with her new politically charged perspective, last year saw Lady Gaga make her mark and Katy Perry was upstaged by a dancing shark in 2015.

This time, it’s Justin Timberlake’s turn. He’s denied his former band Nsync will be joining him, so fans can expect a medley of ‘00s throwbacks and his more recent hits.  

What is Nipple-gate?

Back in 2004, Justin Timberlake joined Janet Jackson on stage for a rendition of his track Rock Your Body. But few viewers could have anticipated what came next. Timberlake ripped part of Jackson’s costume off, revealing her a bare breast complete with nipple accessory.

Controversy: Singers Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl in 2004 (Donald Miralle/Getty )

The backlash against the wardrobe ‘malfunction’ was swift and Jackson’s career never recovered. JT, meanwhile, managed to make a comeback and has been entrusted, all be it with a 5 second time delay, to headline this year’s live show.

When is it on?                                                     

As a US event, the super bowl will air overnight UK time, from 11.30pm-3.45am. So you might want to stock up on some coffee if you’re going to stay up to see the winners lift their trophy.  Half time begins at around 00:45 am, for those who just want to see the music.

How can I watch it?

BBC One will be airing the event in its entirety, from build-up to presentation ceremony, live from 11.15pm on Sunday, February 4. 

Source: Lady Gaga

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