Justin Timberlake‘s fans may have felt like the superstar has been MIA for the last four years (well, aside from his No. 1 Trolls hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling”) because it has been that long since he’s put out an album. But upon taking a look back at all that he’s accomplished since his previous body of work, the two-part The 20/20 Experience set, one will quickly realize that’s the last thing he’s been.
Since his fourth album was released in September 2013, Timberlake has won countless career-spanning awards, toured around the world, started a family, and spent time with some of music’s biggest names. As fans prepare to enter a new Timberlake era with Man Of The Woods on Feb. 2 — and put the just-released lead single “Filthy” on repeat — Billboard reminds them of all of the musical ventures he’s had from the second installment of The 20/20 Experience until now.
Kicked off 20/20 Tour — Nov 2013 (touring through Jan 2015)
In line with the release of part two of 20/20, Timberlake headed out on a trek around the world that lasted through January 2015, hitting cities in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Won three American Music Awards — Nov 2013
Not even two months after releasing the second half of 20/20, he was awarded AMAs for favorite pop/rock male artist, favorite soul/R&B male artist, and favorite soul/R&B album.
Performed on SNL — December 2013
Serving as the musical guest to host Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake’s performance came just eight months after he joined the prestigious Five-Timers club by hosting and performing in March of that year. And with his real-life BFF hosting, of course they did a skit together.
Won three Grammys — Feb 2014
A year after taking the stage to perform “Suit & Tie” and “Pusher Love Girl” at the 2013 Grammys, Timberlake took home the hardware for best music video for the former and best R&B song for the latter, as well as best rap/sung collaboration for “Holy Grail” with Jay-Z. He was also nominated for four more awards.
Sang with Michael Jackson on “Love Never Felt So Good” — May 2014
Timberlake was featured on Jackson’s second posthumous album, Xscape, which included this rework of a 1983 demo track that Jackson had previously recorded with singer-songwriter Paul Anka. The single reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made Jackson the first artist in history to land singles in the top 10 in five separate decades.
Met Bruce Springsteen — June 2014
Hung out with Garth Brooks, brought him out in Nashville — Dec 2014
Just six months later, Timberlake got to spend time with another one of his heroes, even dueting with Brooks on “Friends in Low Places” at his own concert a couple weeks later.
Brought out Jay-Z at Brooklyn show — Dec 2014
Switching from country superstar to hip-hop icon, Timberlake brought out Brooklyn’s hometown hero for their Magna Carta collaboration “Holy Grail.”
Performed with Jimmy Fallon on SNL 40 — Feb 2015
It just wouldn’t be right to celebrate 40 years of SNL without JT and his buddy Jimmy. Naturally, the two opened the show, performing a hilarious musical medley of memorable SNL catchphrases from over the years.
Received Innovator Award at iHeartAwards — March 2015
One year after his buddy Pharrell Williams won the first-ever iHeartRadio Innovator Award, Timberlake accepted the honor, doing so with a mix of humility and humor. While sharing motivational quotes that have inspired him over the years, he left fans with one of his own: “If you’re a young person like I used to be, and you’re at home watching and you’re being called weird or you’re being called different… I’m here tonight to tell you your critics do not count. Their words will fade, you won’t… Dream, work hard, and who knows maybe someday you’ll find yourself standing on a stage and maybe someday somebody will be giving you an award calling you an innovator.”
Welcomed son Silas Randall Timberlake — April 2015
Ten days after Timberlake and his wife, Jessica Biel, welcomed their son on April 8, the singer revealed what Silas looks like, with an adorable Instagram picture. The more he’s grown up, however, the less we’ve seen of Silas’ face on Timberlake’s social media.
Surprised Taylor Swift’s LA crowd to sing “Mirrors”on 1989 Tour — August 2015
Amid Swift’s star-studded surprises on every night of the 1989 World Tour, her run at Los Angeles’ Staples Center was perhaps the most impressive of them all, especially on Aug. 26. Along with Timberlake (who sang “Mirrors” with Swift), the “Shake It Off” singer also brought out Selena Gomez for “Good For You,” and Lisa Kudrow for a rendition of the Friends classic “Smelly Cat.”
Inducted into Memphis Music Hall of Fame, hung with Keith Richards — October 2015
The proud Memphis native’s life came full circle when he received an invitation to join his hometown’s musical Hall of Fame. As the youngest inductee to date, it was a pretty epic night for Timberlake — he received a hilarious and heartfelt introduction from BFF Jimmy Fallon, covered his idol Al Green and sang with fellow inductee Sam Moore. But the beginning of his 20-minute acceptance speech says it all: “This is the fucking coolest thing that has ever happened to me.”
Performed at the CMAs with Chris Stapleton — November 2015
Six months after Stapleton had started making waves in the country scene with the soulful “Traveller” single and its namesake album, Timberlake took the stage with the passionate singer and the result was a powerhouse collaboration. The two sang a creative mashup of Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” helping to launch Stapleton to country superstardom.
Became a Troll — January 2016
?After much speculation, on Jan. 6th 2016, Timberlake announced on Twitter that he would be in the new animated movie Trolls, based on the fluffy-haired children’s toy. The cast also featured Anna Kendrick and Zooey Deschanel.
Teased studio time with Pharrell, Little Big Town and Timbaland — March 2016
Although Timberlake hadn’t given any specific details about when a new album was on the way, he made it pretty darn clear that it was in the works by posting studio shots with frequent collaborators Pharrell and Timbaland, also hinting at some country influence with the “Better Man” quartet.
Honored Taylor Swift for Best Tour at iHeartRadio Awards — April 2016
After loudly telling the crowd to “shut up,” Timberlake honored his friend and fellow pop star Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in April 2016. He jokingly called her “Tyler Swoft” before presenting her with the award for Best Tour for the 1989 Tour, where he made that special appearance a year earlier.
Released “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” debuts at No. 1 — May 2016
JT fans knew he was becoming a troll soon enough, but what they didn’t know was that they were going to get a new dance-worthy song to go with it. After teasing the song on Twitter, Timberlake dropped the high-energy track and star-studded Trolls cast video on May 6. Before the official video even debuted on May 16, the song debuted on the top of the Hot 100, Timberlake’s fifth No. 1 on the chart.
Performed “True Colors” at Cannes Film Festival — May 2016
The Trolls soundtrack wasn’t officially released until September 2016. Meanwhile, Timberlake and costar Anna Kendrick debuted their cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” when the movie premiered at Cannes.
Received Decade Award at Teen Choice Awards — August 2016
Timberlake then went on to win the Teen Choice Awards’ inaugural decade award, which celebrated his achievements over the past ten years. He gave an empowering speech, encouraging teens to work hard for what they want: “So, as a relatively new dad and a former teen, I’m here to say you will make mistakes along the way. You will fall down. I have many times. But what we do after that fall, is how we make history — because impossible is nothing.”
Reunited with *NSYNC for JC Chasez’s 40th birthday — August 2016
And all the ‘80s and ‘90s babies’ heads exploded.
Released Netflix concert film — October 2016
Timberlake released a concert film called Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, directed by late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. It focused on the last night of his 20/20 Experience Tour, where he belted out hits like “Mirrors” and “Suit and Tie,” and included behind-the-scenes footage of tour life.
Scored The Book of Love soundtrack — January 2017
Timberlake wrote the soundtrack to The Book Of Love, a drama film starring his wife, Jessica Biel. The full score was released January 13th, featuring crdited vocals by Timberlake himself.
Starred in Bai juice Super Bowl commercial — February 2017
If there was any confusion about how to pronounce the antioxidant juice brand’s name, *NSYNC’s hit song “Bye Bye Bye” helped clear that up. Timberlake doesn’t even come in until the very end, but the combination of his blank stares and Christopher Walken’s dramatic reading of the song’s lyrics was absolute gold.
Hung out with Bill Withers — February 2017
“Get you somebody that looks at you like I look at Bill Withers.” Enough said.
Performed “Can’t Stop the Feeling” at the Oscars — February 2017
Kicking off the show from the foyer of the Dolby Theater, Timberlake strutted his way to the stage — hugging former fellow Mouseketeer Ryan Gosling along the way — and performed a lively version of his Trolls hit, which was up for best original song that night. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” ultimately lost to La La Land track “City of Stars,” but from the looks of it Timberlake still had a pretty damn good time on Oscars night.
Hinted another studio session with Timbaland and Pharrell — March 2017
As if fans weren’t waiting in agony enough, Timberlake continued his cryptic “Currently…” studio posts with another pic smack dab in the middle of his two biggest producer buddies — with no official news of another album in sight.
Performed at Rock in Rio — September 2017
Timberlake’s studio hints were taken one step further about six months later, when he played his first show of 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. With no new music announced or released yet, fans speculated that he may debut something in Rio, but his 20-song set (his longest of 2017) was strictly focused on his already released hits.
Performed at Pilgrimage Festival, collaborated with Chris Stapleton again — September 2017
Just when fans of their CMAs team-up would be the only time these two would collaborate, the musical buds came together once more when Timberlake was back in his home state, where they played three Stapleton songs: “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Fire Away” and “Sometimes I Cry.”
Performed at Concert for Charlottesville — September 2017
Timberlake performed a 10-song set among other acts including Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay and Ariana Grande at the Concert For Charlottesville, to raise funds for the victims who were killed and injured protesting the Unite the Right rally a month prior.
Performed at Formula 1 Grand Prix — October 2017
Following in good friend Taylor Swift’s footsteps one year later, Timberlake served as the 2017 headliner for the Grand Prix concert, and played a shortened 15-song version of his Rock in Rio set.
Revealed Super Bowl halftime performance — October 2017
After the Internet was buzzing with rumors that JT would be the Super Bowl LII performer, he shared yet another silly Jimmy-Justin video with Fallon on social media — but this time, a rumor-confirming one.
Performed at Festival Presidente — November 2017
With a confirmed Super Bowl appearance, but no news of an album release, Timberlake played his final show of 2017 in the Dominican Republic with a similar set to the one he played at Grand Prix — and alongside Latin superstars Ricky Martin, Maluma, Carlos Vives, Wisin, J Balvin, Nicky Jam and Juan Luis Guerra.
Announced new album, Man Of The Woods — January 2018
As a new year began and his Super Bowl performance crept closer, Timberlake finally appeased anxious fans with the news that his fifth LP, Man Of The Woods, would arrive Feb. 2 just in time for his halftime show. Along with a teaser trailer, Timberlake also revealed that the “personal” album’s first track would arrive (and the frenzy would officially begin) Jan. 5.
Released “Filthy” and robotic music video — January 2018
After teasing a song and a more “earthy” vibe in his album trailer, Timberlake unveiled a thumping beat that definitely isn’t a back-to-his-roots kind of sound. And with a rather odd robot-based visual, JT left much to the imagination for what else he has in store.
Unveiled Man Of The Woods track list — January 2018
Just hours after dropping “Filthy,” Timberlake slipped another album reveal into his Man Of The Woods social media posts, listing the 16 tracks that will be featured on the album. Along with two collaborations (Alicia Keys on “Morning Light” and Chris Stapleton on “Say Something”), the list includes some titles that do sound a little more woodsy than “Filthy”:
Considering what he achieved in four years without even having an album out, get ready for at least another four of Timberlake mania.