A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Justin Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981 and his debut album, Justified, helped him to win the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards as well as the Best Pop Vocal Album. That year it won the Brit Award for Best International Album as well.
Those accomplishments were, surprisingly, not the first of Timberlake’s career however as, in the late 1990s, he was one of the founding members of the hugely popular boy band ‘N Sync. Even before that happened he was Justin Randall on the television talent show Star Search. With his fellow boy band members from N’ Sync, Justin sold millions of albums to teen girls far and wide during the boy band craze of the late 90s and early 2000s.
The fact is however that Timberlake was doing most of the singing and writing for the group and, after a few years touring with them, decided to break out on his own.
He also decided to try his hand at acting and, in 2005, had roles in both the films Alpha Dog and Edison. He was so good in fact that Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey praised his acting in the film Edison and he was even tapped by Bruce Willis to play his son in Live Free or Die Hard, ultimately turning down the role.
The singer has been on Teen People’s list of “25 Hottest Stars under 25” a record five times and, early in his career, was known more for his relationship with pop superstar Britney Spears than anything else. He’s also had relationships with a number of other superhot singers and actresses including Cameron Diaz, who when they dated was nine years older than the young pop superstar.
Timberlake was also part of the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII, “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson, something that parents around the country might have felt was a little bit too much but only served to propel his fame and career even higher.
Timberlake is now on his fifth concert tour, the 20/20 Experience World Tour, which was launched in support of both his third and fourth studio albums and began in New York City on November 6 of 2013. The final concert on the tour is scheduled for December 20 of this year in Atlanta, Georgia.
The tour has been getting critical acclaim since it started last year and, according to Jim Farber of the New York Daily News, Timberlake is a “study and suave ease”. Not bad for a guy who started out with a pair of mouse ears firmly placed on his head.