The Year in Timberlake

  • Played a comeback concert on the eve of the Super Bowl with Jay Z.
  • Staged Timberweek with Jimmy Fallon—a five-night run of appearances on Late Night, most of them hilarious, some flat-out brilliant.
  • Released his first album in seven years and toured the world to support it.
  • Performed at the White House, coaxing the president and first lady into joining him on vocals for a few lines of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.”
  • Hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time—and got an Emmy nomination for it. (“I’m sore,” he tells me, arching his back and grinning. “Really sore. You have to be really flexible to get it done five times.”)
  • Reunited with the other members of ‘N Sync at the Video Music Awards.
  • Released that second album.
  • Starred in Runner Runner (a decision, by the way, that he doesn’t regret).

And that’s not all.

Justin Timberlake, #Hashtag of the Year

He was the nonstop trending topic of 2013: The gigs at the Super Bowl (with Jay Z) and the White House (with the president). The albums. The movies. And all those viral videos with Jimmy Fallon, including the one that’ll make you never want to tweet again. Amy Wallace talks to Justin Timberlake about the many moments that made him a MOTY, from the undeniably glorious ones to a couple that, frankly, he’s @!*$%# pissed off about.