For his first concert performance in close to five years, Justin Timberlake came prepared.
The 32-year-old employed a 13-piece band and four backup singers as he performed a blend of his old hits and new offerings during a nearly two-hour pre-Super Bowl party on February 2.
Billboard reports that early favorites such as "Like I Love You," "Sexy/Back" and "My Love" were part of the set list, in addition to new songs that have been referred to as "Pusher Love Girl" and "That Girl."
Of course, he also performed his single with Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie." Hov, whose wife was preparing to shut down the halftime show the following evening, joined Timberlake on stage for that rendition.
It seems the set wasn't without a little controversy, though, as Us Weekly reports that an offhand remark from Timberlake had attendees at the DirecTV charity event buzzing. The artist reportedly said ahead of his performance of "Cry Me A River" that "sometimes in life, you think you found the one ... but then one day you find out that she is just some b***h."
Seeing that "Cry Me A River" is widely thought to be inspired by his 2002 breakup with Britney Spears, gossip began to spread that he was talking about his fellow pop star.
But on Twitter, Timberlake appeared to clarify his remarks.
"Ok. I see you. Wouldn't disrespect ANYONE personally. Ever," the new Mr. Jessica Biel said Sunday afternoon. "#Relax #ItsBritney[B***h] I do love that saying though ... #Respect."
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I've got a loose runny stool that would look perfect perched upon Justin's head.
A turd toupee would look good on him.
I can tie my tie in the dark & JT can't, so suck it!
Guess he figured a 13 piece band would be enough to cover for his lack of talent.
He looks like in the old days when everything was black and white. My grandma remembers when everything on TV was like that. Those were hard times.
cuz she lud the hairy beast.
Why is he allow to participate in any super bowl festivities after his fiasco with Janet Jackson? He let her take the heat and the public and media never went after him like they did Janet even though he was just as guilty.
is the God of All Gods–see you in concert because dis old lady lud justin
Maybe he was talking about his wife. Regardless, so he's now calling women the B word. Not cool.
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