Here’s another one for all the music lovers!
We are just DAYS away from seeing JT perform live in Abu Dhabi, Yas Island and after being blown away by his performance way back in 2007, I cannot contain my excitement to see him live once again. Especially after he won SEVEN Billboard Awards last night AND made an epic speech thanking everyone except Donald Sterling, he’s gone up several notches in my books!
Justin has shown us that he’s come a long way over the last seven years and after reading the article below from Flash Entertainment, I was inspired by the rise of his entire career. If you’re a big fan, I thought you would appreciate this article too! Enjoy:
Justin Triple Threat
Set to light up the du Arena on May 23rd, we ask; is Justin Timberlake the world’s most talented modern performer?
Innovation in music has drawn criticism for its ability to fake raw talent. Auto-tuned choruses have made true talents a rare treasure in the music community and with his instantly recognizable sound and vocal flair, Justin Timberlake is one of those golden children. Timberlake, however, may even put the favored few to shame with his ever-growing roster of skills within music and beyond as a dancer and actor.
This triple concoction of entertainment is not new to the business. Step back in time to the “golden age” of Hollywood from the 40s and 50s, where making it big meant bringing multifaceted talent to the stage and screen: singing, dancing and acting. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand—even Clark Gable – all would sing, dance and act for their roles.
If you couldn’t dance you were taught or had to be a knock-out in one department, think Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Rosemary Clooney, whose voices and acting skills brought them to stardom. But even they tapped their toes when the script called for it.
From his boy band days until now, Timberlake has been famed for both his singing talent and dancing style, both of which smoothly transitioned into a solo career known for its fantastic performances. But the true surprise came with his acting talent.
Though he began acting in films from 2006, Timberlake struck big with his role as Napster creator, Sean Parker, in 2009’s The Social Network. Truly embodying the snarky, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Timberlake shocked audiences with his role.
Timberlake has also shown off comedic chops as well throughout his acting with his role alongside Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher in 2011. Proving his apt for comedic gold, Timberlake marked his fifth hosting of famed sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” in March 2013, joining the ranks of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Candice Bergen, Alex Baldwin and Tom Hanks; all of whom appeared in a skit with Timberlake for the show.
Timberlake also has drawn a following for his sketch comedy and improv performances with sketch trio, The Lonely Island, and his multiple appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
As he stepped back into the music spotlight, Timberlake released a video for his 2013 single “Suit & Tie”, featuring hip-hop legend Jay-Z. Almost an acknowledgement of his modern-day showmanship, the video for “Suit & Tie” is a Rat-Pack styled, black and white affair directed by David Fincher.
With no sign of stopping, Timberlake’s modern day show man seems to have embodied and reinvented itself with its outreach on music, film and even social media channels. With the announcement that Timberlake will star in a biopic of Neil Bogart, the disco-era mogul behind Casablanca Records, Timberlake may have his evolved “triple threat” on display with singing, dancing, acting and, now, producing.
Catch the show of the century this May, on Friday the 23rd at the du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE.
Justin Timberlake Timeline
1981: Timberlake born in Memphis, Tennessee
1990: Timberlake appears on Star Search
1993-1994: Timberlake cast as member of The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez and Ryan Gosling.
1995: N’Sync formed.
1999: Timberlake makes his acting debut in the Disney Channel original movie Model Behavior.
Jan 2002: N’Sync went on permanent hiatus after three smash albums, multiple tours and performances at the Academy Awards, the Olympics and the Super Bowl.
Aug 2002:Timberlake premieres his debut solo single “Like I Love You” at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Nov 2002:Releases his debut solo studio album Justified
2003: Timberlake and Aguilera headline the “Justified/Stripped Tour”; Timberlake also records the song “I’m Lovin’ It”, which was used by McDonald’s as the theme to its “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign
Feb 2004:Timberlake performs at the halftime show of the Super Bowl XXXVIII alongside Janet Jackson.
Feb 2004:Timberlake wins two Grammy awards: Best Pop Vocal Album for Justified and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Cry Me a River”
2005: Collaborates with the Black Eyed Peas on the 2005 track “My Style” and Snoop Dogg from the 2005 single “Signs”.
2006-2007:Driving his acting career forward, Timberlake appears in Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan and voiced Prince Artie Pendragon in Shrek the Third.
2006:Timberlake releases his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds
2007:Timberlake tours the FutureSex/LoveShow.
Feb 2008:Timberlake wins two Grammy Awards: Best Male Pop Performance for “What Goes around…Comes around”, and Best Dance Recording for “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows”.
March 2008:Timberlake collaborates with Madonna for her single, “Four Minutes”
Sep 2009:AnnouncedTimberlake is to star as infamous Internet entrepreneur/former Facebook president Sean Parker in David Fincher’s The Social Network.
Oct 2010:The Social Network opens, garnering critical raves for Timberlake’s portrayal of Parker.
Dec 2010:Timberlake voices character in the animated feature Yogi Bear.
May 2011: Timberlake has first hosting gig, not musical guest, of “Saturday Night Live”
Jun 2011: Timberlake co-stars with Cameron Diaz in the comedy Bad Teacher.
Jun 2011: Timberlake makes an ownership investment in the relaunch of MySpace. He takes a creative role in the site’s redesign and later takes part in press conferences promoting its new look.
July 2011: Timberlake stars alongside Mila Kunis in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits
Sept 2011:Timberlake joins an ensemble cast headed up by Clint Eastwood in the sports drama Trouble with the Curve.
Sep 2011:Announcement that he will put on his boogie shoes and take the lead role in Spinning Gold, a feature-film biopic of Neil Bogart, the disco-era record mogul behind the Casablanca Records label, that he is also producing.
Oct 2011: Timberlake stars alongside Olivia Wilde in the science-fiction action film In Time
Oct 2012: Timberlake marries longtime girlfriend Jessica Biel in a secret ceremony in southern Italy.
Jan 2013: Timberlake unveils “Suit & Tie,” a single featuring Jay-Z
Feb 2013: Bud Light Platinum names Timberlake the brand’s “creative director,” announcing as well a Team Timberlake-conceived commercial called “Platinum Night” to air during the Grammy Awards telecast. Timberlake performs “Suit & Tie” at the Grammy’s with Jay-Z
Mar 2013:Justin hosts “Saturday Night Live” for the fifth time, joining the hallowed ranks of Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase, Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, and Martin Short, all of whom deigned to appear in a skit with Timberlake
Mar 2013: Timberlake releases The 20/20 Experience
And this coming Friday, I’m sure he will leave us in awe of his captivating stage presence and impressive vocal abilities, proving why he deserved each and everyone of those Billboard Awards! I CAN’T WAIT! 😀