It’s been 10 years since the controversy around the performance erupted, but it seems that Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show might have put her on the National Football League’s (NFL) blacklist for a lifetime. TMZ Sports recently approached the NFL to discuss possible acts lined up to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX next year in Arizona and were reportedly told by them that Jackson was definitely not going to be invited in 2015.
“As for potential acts—we have only ruled out Janet Jackson,” stated the NFL.
Jackson became embroiled in media controversy when she performed at the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVIII. In an incident widely known as “Nipplegate,” the pop superstar shocked fans and viewers when as part of her act, she had co-performer Justin Timberlake rip off part of her clothing, which exposed her right breast. Meanwhile, Timberlake has not been blacklisted by the NFL despite being part of the performance.
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) January 31, 2014
Relive 'nipplegate': Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform at 2014 Super Bowl
The NFL did not discuss potential acts for Super Bowl XLIX with TMZ Sports, but rumors are circulating that those acts include Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay. The rumors concern artists that are currently raking in millions from concert sales, unlike Jackson, who last toured was in 2011.
However, the NFL is also rumored to have asked the artists they invited for Super Bowl XLIX to pay for the chance to play, although there is no information on how much the league asked for and no confirmation from the NFL itself.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the acts who were asked to pay for a spot at next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show gave the request a “chilly” reception. One reason cited for why the NFL is asking for money from artists says that the Super Bowl bumps up their popularity and sales, but musical performances also promote the event on social media and draw viewers who aren’t regular fans of football. An NFL spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that when they have something to announce, “we’ll announce it.”
Every A-List performer needs to band together and tell the @nfl "hell no, we won't go" if League charges artists to perform at Super Bowl.
— SecolaEdwards (@SecolaEdwards) August 20, 2014
So....the NFL wants the Super Bowl halftime performers to PAY the league to do the show. Talk about BALLS. Hilarious!
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 20, 2014