USMagazine, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 7:30pm (PST)
It's official: Justin Timberlake is back and better than ever. Four years after his last performance at the Grammy Awards, the "Suit & Tie" singer made his much-anticipated return to the stage. And he did not disappoint.
The 32-year-old superstar more than lived up to expectations, delivering a show-stopping rendition of his new hit single, "Suit & Tie," complete with a huge backing band. The whole performance was broadcast in sepia-tones to fit the retro vibe of Timberlake's sound and theatrical staging.
Midway through the song, the singer -- dapper in a black moire cocktail jacket, evening pants, a silk bowtie, and black and white loafers, all by Tom Ford -- was joined onstage by Jay-Z, who raps on the studio version of the tune. Handsome as ever in a black velvet Tom Ford cocktail jacket, Beyonce's husband added an extra spark to the already high-energy spectacle.
The audience, by then already on their feet, was also treated to a performance of "Pusher Love Girl," a Maxwell-like jam from Timberlake's upcoming solo album The 20/20 Experience. (The entertainer debuted the tune at his Feb. 2 DirecTV pre-Super Bowl concert in New Orleans.) Strutting confidently across the stage, Jessica Biel's husband deployed his famous falsetto and showed off a few smooth dance moves.
Prior to his performance, Timberlake was introduced by Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce, who praised the singer's considerable talents. "This is a Grammy moment that millions of us have been waiting for," Beyonce said. "This performance marks the return of a man that was born to make music."
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