Weird coincidence alert: Super Bowl LII, which will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, features the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, which was played in Jacksonville, FL. The losing teams in this year's Conference Championship games? Minnesota and Jacksonville.
That's not the only thing coming full circle in the Big Game: Justin Timberlake will perform at the Halftime Show for the first time since Super Bowl XXXVIII, which also featured the Patriots. What goes around comes around, indeed.
JT isn't the only major artist scheduled to appear at the Super Bowl. Here's your look at all of the musical performances at Super Bowl LII, which kicks off at 6:30pm EST on Feb. 4 on NBC.
Fresh off of her stunning Grammy performance, P!nk will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" ahead of Super Bowl LII. Last year, P!nk defended Super Bowl LI halftime performer Lady Gaga against claims that she co-opted P!nk's style by using arial elements in her performance. Given that Gaga got the halftime show a year after she performed a stellar rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50, this is an excellent opportunity for P!nk to get the NFL's attention.
"America The Beautiful"
The other pregame song, "America The Beautiful," will be sung by Grammy and Tony Award-winning entertainer Leslie Odom, Jr. The multi-talented performer originated the role of Aaron Burr in the smash musical "Hamilton" and recently taped a show from Jazz at Lincoln Center, which will be broadcast on PBS April 24 .
Justin Timberlake will bring his sexy back to the Super Bowl halftime show this year. As you no doubt remember, JT was involved in the most infamous moment in halftime show history when he accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's breast in the "Nipplegate" controversy.
It would be nice to see Timberlake make amends by including Jackson in his performance, but it doesn't sound like his old boy bandmates in *NSYNC will be joining him. Joey Fatone recently told TMZ that *NSYNC would not be involved in the halftime show. That may be unfortunate news for his longtime fans but they can take consolation in the fact they'll have a new JT album to jam during their party; Timberlake's fifth solo album Man of the Woods comes out on Friday.
Beyond the music performed at the game itself, there are a ton of concerts and musical events planned in the Twin Cities throughout Super Bowl week. The free fan festival Super Bowl LIVE at Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will feature performances from, among others, Prince's former band New Power Generation on Wednesday, Rae Sremmurd on Thursday, Skylar Grey on Friday and X Ambassadors on Saturday.
There are also a huge number of private parties taking place over the weekend. Highlights include: Imagine Dragons, Machine Gun Kelly and Mura Masa at The Armory performing as part of the EA Sports Bowl on Thursday; Cardi B at Prive on Thursday night; Migos, 21 Savage and T-Pain at The International Market Square on Friday for the Rolling Stone party; and DJ Khaled (plus a series of special guests, one presumes) at Aqua on Saturday night.
If that weren't enough, Kelly Clarkson will be performing a special pregame concert in support of her new album Meaning of Life at The Armory just hours before kickoff.
So if you're into football, music or both, there's something for everyone this weekend in Minneapolis. Follow this link for more Super Bowl coverage on AXS.com.