Consider Justin Timberlake’s legendary status official.
The nine-time Grammy winner, four-time Emmy winner was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall Of Fame this weekend, People.com reports. After being introduced by BFF Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake took the stage to give an emotional speech in which thanked his family and wife Jessica Biel for their “sacrifices.” “This is the f-----g coolest thing that has ever happened to me,” he said.
The charismatic and normally composed Timberlake said was noticeably choked up. “I'm truly honored, to merely stand on the shoulders of all these legends I grew up listening to, and I grew up admiring, to say that I stand alongside them now,” JT said.
The Tennessee Kid, who is just 34, began his career on Disney’s “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” along with future NSYNC bandmate, JC Chasez, Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears (his one-time girlfriend) and Christina Aguilera (whom he toured with in 2003).
In 1994, Justin became the youngest member of boyband *NSYNC, who eventually moved on to became “The Biggest Band In The World,” according to RollingStone magazine. *NSYNC still holds the record for most albums sold in a single week—an astounding 2.4 million copies—for 2000’s “No Strings Attached.”
Timberlake and his bandmates parted ways began the longest “hiatus” ever in 2002, and launched his solo career with the critically acclaimed “Justified" and the 2006 follow-up,
“FutureSex/LoveSounds." Timberlake’s latest LP, 2013’s two-part “The 20/20 Experience” (read my reviews here: 20/20 Part 1; 20/20 Part 2) is arguably Timberlake’s most ambitious and best work yet, spawning a massive 100+ date world tour and an upcoming concert movie.
Here are some of the best performances in Timberlake’s stellar career.
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*NSYNC performances were always on creative and innovative. This now classic performance at the 2000 MTV VMAs highlights that while *NSYNC may have been a boyband, there was no shortage of talent and swagger.
I think the government should force Timberlake and Beyonce to reproduce for the betterment of humanity, but I’ll have to settle for music’s best and hottest uniting for this 2008 “Fashion Rocks” performance of Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.”
Timberlake has always risen to and surpassed the pressures of performing live, even when they reach presidential levels. Watch The President of Pop effortlessly croon for Commander-In-Chief Barack Obama and family at “In Performance At The White House: Memphis Soul.”
It takes a talented musician to cover Michael Jackson without making me cringe. It takes an impossibly talented musician to cover Michael Jackson so well that I actually love it. JT’s 2013 performance of “Shake Ya Body” by the Jackson 5 captures the infectious and funky fun of the original. And the Tennessee kid even put his own flare on it. Check it out!
If you’ve forgotten just how many hits Timberlake has created—nine Top 10s, according to Billboard.com—then his iconic performance proceeding his acceptance of The Video Vangard Award at the 2013 MTV VMAs will remind you in epic fashion.