With Justin Timberlake headlining the Super Bowl 52 halftime show, the opportunities are endless for collaborations and special guest appearances.
Not only are Chris Stapleton and Alicia Keys featured on Timberlake’s new album Man of the Woods, but he also has songs with the Black Eyed Peas, rappers Timberlake and T.I., as well as Madonna, among others.
Timberlake is actually setting a record this year for the most Super Bowl halftime show appearances as he also performed with Janet Jackson in the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Given the controversy that followed that incident, there likely won’t be a reunion between the two on this stage.
Then again, just last week, Ronda Rousey claimed she was in Bogata, Colombia to fake out her fans and make them believe she wasn’t signing with the WWE. What do you know? She did!
So while all signs point to there being no early-2000s reunion at the halftime show, maybe that’s what they’d want you to believe. We’re holding out hope that there could be some surprises in store — TMZ has already reported a Prince hologram is in the works — at halftime of the Eagles vs. Patriots Super Bowl 52 matchup.
Awards voted on by the Associated Press include MVP, Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, and the Sportsmanship Award.
The NFL also has awards where fan voting is factored into the equation. The FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year (won last year by Matt Ryan and Ezekiel Elliott, respectively) have three finalists apiece. Alex Smith, Carson Wentz, and Brady are the three quarterbacks vying for the first, while the second is down to running backs Kareem Hunt, Le’Veon Bell, and Todd Gurley.
Brady may not be the only lock to take home some prestigious hardware Saturday. J.J. Watt’s humanitarian efforts helped raise more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief in his adopted hometown of Houston. While fellow Payton Award finalists Greg Olsen and Ben Watson are deserving nominees, it will be tough to match Watt’s impact in terms of community building in 2017.