Justin Timberlake played a surprise show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, appearing on stage for just the second time in the weeks since Britney Spears' bombshell memoir put him back in headlines this fall.
Performing before a gala audience that included guests including Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Tom Brady, Keith Urban and Sylvester Stallone at the opening festivities of a new hotel in Fontainebleau, Timberlake did not directly address Spears' accusation that he used her “like ammunition” in his 2003 song and music video “Cry Me a River.”
He sang this song, though — and first, he offered a trenchant “No disrespect.” The singer also improvised a few lines from Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during the song, changing the lyrics to “Aren't we all just artists? Do you think I'm stupid and contagious?
In his best-selling memoir, The woman in meSpears accused Timberlake of portraying her as “a whore who broke the heart of America's golden boy” in the “Cry Me a River” music video, adding that “I felt like I was exploited (and) set up in front of the whole world.” .”
Timberlake has not officially responded to Spears' book and has only made a limited amount of appearances for his starring role in Trolls Band Together, which was released last month. His performance at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas was the first time he had appeared publicly since the Trolls premieres in November.
There were no hard feelings on the night as the crowd (which included wife Jessica Biel) sang and danced along to Timberlake's set, which also included opener “SexyBack,” a cover of Nat King Cole's “Smile” and a mashup of “Can't Stop the Feeling” (from the first Trolls film) with “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.
Timberlake's surprise performance helped christen Fontainebleau's BleauLive Theater, which will host Post Malone for two dates in late December. The 3,800-seat venue is part of a larger complex that has been under construction for much of the last decade. After officially opening this week, Fontainebleau Las Vegas is now the tallest building in the state of Nevada at 67 stories.