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Super Bowl Halftime Performers: From Beyoncé to Lady Gaga, Usher, and Janet Jackson

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Over the years, the Super Bowl halftime show has been a platform for unforgettable performances, featuring iconic artists such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Usher, and Janet Jackson.

One of the most infamous moments in Super Bowl history occurred in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake took the stage. Their performance became the subject of widespread discussion due to a controversial wardrobe malfunction that resulted in Jackson’s right breast being exposed.

In the aftermath of the incident, Jackson issued a statement expressing regret for the unintended outcome and apologized to those who were offended, including the audience, MTV, CBS, and the NFL. Timberlake, however, initially remained silent about the incident but addressed it years later in light of renewed discussions about his behavior following the release of the documentary “Framing Britney Spears.” In an Instagram post, Timberlake acknowledged his past shortcomings and apologized to both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson individually.

Timberlake’s apology sparked a larger conversation about inequality in the entertainment industry, particularly regarding misogyny and racism. He admitted to benefiting from a system that privileges men, especially white men, and vowed to use his platform to advocate for change.

Despite the controversy surrounding the halftime show, Jackson refrained from publicly commenting on the incident but later expressed her belief that it was blown out of proportion.

The 2004 halftime show remains a significant moment in Super Bowl history, underscoring the impact and scrutiny associated with one of the most-watched events on television.

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