Some members of the African American community felt that Timberlake threw Jackson under the bus after Nipplegate. According to Newsweek, Queen Latifah said, “He loses a lot of my respect for not taking responsibility for his actions. I think that was real shady on his part.” (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)
He’s also garnered two other Emmy nominations in the outstanding original music and lyrics category: for the song “I Love Sports,” which was part of the 2008 ESPY Awards, and for “Motherlover,” another “SNL” number. That video featured appearances by Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson, which should help you figure out what it was about. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
He has also partnered with the PGA to host the fall tournament in Las Vegas called the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images)
The Grammy-winner penned a tune for his bride and serenaded her during the ceremony. (Eamonn McCormack / Getty Images)
That year, the ‘N Sync alum staged a successful comeback with the release of “The 20/20 Experience” and all of its hit singles and tour, headlined “Timberweek” with late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon, performed at the White House, hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the fifth time (earning himself another Emmy nomination), released the second part of his album, #hashtagged his way back into our hearts, reunited with ‘N Sync at the MTV VMAs and starred in Ben Affleck’s “Runner Runner.”
“I’ve been doing this professionally since I was 10,” “The Mickey Mouse Club” alum told GQ. “If entertainment years were dog years, man, I’d be like Gandhi. I’d be like 250 years old.”
“I don’t see myself as someone who’s ever going to be defined by one moment,” he added. “It’s on to the next.” (Sebastian Kim / GQ)
“I think I said yes before [Joel] finished the sentence,” Timberlake told The Times. “I knew I wanted to mix music and movie-making. To get to do it with the Coen brothers is kind of unbelievable.” (Alison Rosa / CBS Films)
Justin Timberlake is taking another unconventional approach to the art of the music video with “Not a Bad Thing,” this time using the airwaves and social media to solve a romantic mystery.
The “Mirrors” singer’s latest video debuted Thursday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and shows two documentarians, a man and a woman, setting out to find a man who proposed to his fiancée on a Long Island Railroad train en route to New York City around 8:20 p.m. Jan. 12.
It turns out the man played a Timberlake song to his lady love -- the proposal is simulated at the beginning of the video -- and “Not a Bad Thing” plays as the filmmakers search for the elusive couple. JT’s voice is the only part of him present in the video, embedded below.
“They were so in love. You almost never see that. We don’t know who these people are, or what their story is, but maybe you do,” the female filmmaker said. “We’re making a documentary about finding love. Have you seen this couple?”
The rest of the video follows their endeavor to find the man and woman and also enlists real-life couples to talk about love, their proposals and the struggles in their unions.
Volunteers are seen taking to the streets to post bills asking, “Have you seen this couple?” The question became a hastag used by Timberlake to promote the pursuit and his video.
“Tune into @TheEllenShow TODAY for an exclusive Not A Bad Thing video (Check local listings.) #NABT #haveyouseenthiscouple -teamJT,” Timberlake tweeted Thursday.
The video ends with the documentarians getting out of a van to chase down another lead. “Might be them,” the female filmmaker said, “Let’s try it out.”
Then “To be continued” is super-imposed on the screen. (Kind of reminiscent of his MasterCard TV spot, no?)
After the premiere, DeGeneres echoed the filmmakers’ plea.
“So obviously if you know this couple, contact us, because Justin is trying to find you, and we’ll put y’all together,” she said.
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