Timberlake Will Host ESPN Awards Gala

No stranger to sports world after Super Bowl 'wardrobe malfunction'
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 6:54 PM CDT
Singer Janet Jackson, left, covers her breast after her outfit came undone during a number with Justin Timberlake during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston on Feb. 1, 2004.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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(Newser) – Well-known in the sports world after the Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," Justin Timberlake will host ESPN's annual awards gala, the sports channel reports. The ESPY Awards are set for July 20 in Los Angeles. "Not only is he a world-class music performer and established actor, but he is a talented and creative producer," an ESPN exec said of Timberlake.

"I'm truly a sports junkie," said the 27-year-old Timberlake, who escaped the shackles of boy band N'Sync to become a top-selling singer in his own right and has a string of movie credits to boot. No doubt, references to Janet Jackson's exposed breast during Super Bowl XXXVIII and "bringing sexy back" will be a dime a dozen the next few months.