In 2003, Ashton Kutcher set out to make the world his bitch with one celebrity prank at a time. The first to fall prey to his hidden camera reality show was none other than Timberlake. The had convinced him that government agents were seizing his home and personal items because of unpaid income taxes. The result was a blubbering JT distraught over the loss of his property and a ratings hit. JT later admitted that he was high on marijuana when he was pranked. But he got his revenge by turning the cameras on Kelly Osbourne in a later episode.
Thanks to Questlove and the Roots, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has been able to do more with its guests than any other evening talk show. From the dressing room covers of “Call Me, Maybe” to the “Slow Jam The News,” the music group has let guest dive into a world of music that has made a splash both on the show and online. But nothing has been bigger or more viral than Fallon and JT’s ongoing series, “The History Of Rap.” The 2010 skit quickly turned into a recurring gig whenever the entertainer appeared on the show. Now with three editions, there’s no stopping these two from making sweet, sweet music together.
R: Runner, Runner
We’ll just ignore this blip for JT and Ben Affleck’s sake.
S: Star Search
Long before (well not too much longer) The New Mickey Mouse Club, Justin Timberlake went by Justin Randall. Like many other ’90s pop stars, Randall auditioned for Star Search. At 11-years-old, Randall’s country performance earned him 3.25 stars. Though, it wasn’t enough to beat out returning champion Anna Nardona. But at the end of the day, we know who the real winner is.
Of all the producers Timberlake has worked with, none have been more influential than Timbaland. The two first started working together on JT’s solo debut, Justified (see: L), and produced his breakout single, “Cry Me A River” (see: C). From there, they moved onto FutureSex/LoveSounds and this year’s double release, The 20/20 Experience parts 1 & 2. His production work on FS/LS kick started a chart-topping career for Timbaland. In 2006, the producer worked with everyone from Nelly Furtado to the Pussycat Dolls and Elton John to Fall Out Boy.