Before there was the controversial moment that changed TV history, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's Super Bowl Halftime show was pretty amazing. But after Jackson's right breast was accidentally exposed at the end of the performance, the scandal dubbed "Nipplegate" had an enormous effect on cultural conversation, American broadcasting, and Jackson's career. Now that Timberlake is performing at the 2018 Super Bowl, audiences find themselves revisiting the historic 2004 show. Fourteen years later, the memories will come flooding back to anyone rewatching the video of Timberlake and Jackson's performance.
At 37, she is geriatric compared to the 20-somethings who rule the pop charts these days, like Timberlake, Spears, 50 Cent and Nelly. Though Jackson said the breast-exposure was a stunt unintentionally gone too far, some believe it was the start of a publicity campaign for her upcoming album.
Although the notorious incident lasted seconds, when the former '*NSYNC frontman briefly exposed Janet's breast to millions of viewers, it completely changed the trajectory of her career, while his rise in stardom never faltered.
After singing her hit "Rhythm Nation," Timberlake joined her to perform his song, "Rock Your Body." He tore away at Jackson's costume, revealing her breast in a shocking moment, leading to the coinage of the term "wardrobe malfunction." The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and NFL were furious, and while Timberlake apologized a week later at the Grammys, Jackson refused to and her career suffered greatly as a result.
It was the nipple seen 'round the world. Back in 2004, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's Super Bowl halftime performance made headlines when the show culminated in an accidental wardrobe malfunction, with Timberlake tearing away a piece of Jackson's outfit and exposing her breast on live television.
Cyrus' exposure came near the end of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. She peeked her head out from behind a black curtain that covered up all but her head, then the curtain slipped to briefly reveal a bare breast.
The incident, referred to often as "Nipplegate," occured when Timberlake exposed Jackson's breast, which was adorned with a nipple pastie, during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVII. The planned nature of the performance was broadly debated, though Jackson's team said(Opens in a new tab) it was "unintentional." 2b1af7f3a8