Timberlake performed this with Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show
. At the end of the performance, he sang the line, "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song," and ripped off part of Jackson's costume, revealing her breast. Timberlake and Jackson claimed it was a "wardrobe malfunction," but it was pretty clearly staged.
CBS, which aired the Super Bowl, came under pressure from outraged viewers and from the FCC. They ran the Grammys a week later on a five-minute delay to avoid more problems, and allowed Timberlake and Jackson on the show only if they agreed to apologize. Janet was scheduled to appear as part of a Luther Vandross tribute, but backed out. Timberlake showed up and apologized to anyone he offended. He won his first two awards at the ceremony, Album Of The Year for Justified
and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Cry Me A River
," and quickly got his career back on track. His fellow 'N Sync member JC Chasez got caught in the fallout - the NFL canceled his appearance at halftime of the Pro Bowl. Jackson never did another NFL event, but in 2018, Timberlake, apparently absolved by the league, returned to headline the Super Bowl halftime show.