Finally, some Jackson family news that's about music, not scandal. Janet Jackson will be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII, MTV announced Thursday. The music channel is producing the halftime show for sister network CBS, which is airing the Feb. 1 football championship.
MTV last produced the halftime show in 2001, booking a bill that included Aerosmith, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige. No word yet on who'll be joining Jackson at Houston's Reliant Stadium. ''With Janet set as a featured performer and more performers and surprise collaborations to follow, the stage has been to set to produce an event that the Super Bowl audience will remember for years to come,'' MTV chief Van Toffler said in a statement.
The booking is a prestigious one, given that the Super Bowl traditionally draws the year's biggest TV audience in the U.S. and millions of viewers overseas. For her part, Jackson sounded almost like she'd been expecting to be tapped for a long time. ''There is no bigger spectacle than the Super Bowl,'' she said in a statement. ''It's a unique and exciting experience that I have looked forward to for many years.'' The halftime performance will mark a reemergence into the spotlight for the singer, who expects to release her first album in three years in 2004.