Says, six time Grammy winner, Justin Timberlake, he was awfully surprised when the president of CBS, the Grammy show producer and the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences were waiting for him in his dressing room at this year’s Emmys. “Immediately, I’m like, ‘What did I do?’” the singer joked when he during his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Of course, what followed was not funny at all. They were there to inform him that Chrish Brown was accused of beating up Rihanna and that he had cancelled a scheduled performance on the live broadcast of Emmy’s last month. Rihanna’s cancellation had also followed shortly.
This was a huge problem for Timberlake as Rihanna was scheduled to sing opposite him. The producers left it to Timberlake to find the solution. Of course, he could have performed alone. But, after looking at the list of performers and presenters, he came up with an idea: to sing with gospel and soul legend Al Green.
“I got a chance to watch it back,” Timberlake said of the hastily organized number, which set the audience on fire. “What was so amazing about that performance is you can tell that we’re sort of shooting from the hip.”
Singing is not the only sphere where his star is shining at the moment. Timberlake’s clothing line, William Rast, is taking off, he says, and girlfriend Jessica Biel is a fan. “I can’t get it off her,” he said.