Justin Timberlake honoured at Memphis Music Hall of Fame

What a night in Memphis for music fans! Justin Timberlake put on a surprise show for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame with R&B legend Sam Moore.

The stars were out in force, from rock icons to comedy giants to NBA greats, as the sold-out Cannon Center hosted the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony. The fourth edition of the annual event saw six more legends of local music — Scotty Moore, Sam & Dave, Al Jackson Jr., Charlie Rich, Memphis Slim and Alberta Hunter — join Timberlake for the hall’s fourth class.

The middle chunk of the ceremony was devoted to Timberlake, whose entrance was set up by remarks from Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, Three 6 Mafia founder DJ Paul and Timberlake’s close friend and “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford

Justin looked dapper in a deep navy blue houndstooth-patterned blazer featuring a big black lapel over a matching button-down dress shirt.

Fallon’s induction speech was part good-natured roast, part self-effacing comedy routine. “Who better to induct him than me … Mrs. Justin Timberlake,” cracked Fallon, mock-apologizing to Timberlake’s wife, actress Jessica Biel. “Jessica, I’m sorry; the heart wants what it wants.”

“What I love about Justin is he’s never forgotten where comes from,” continued Fallon. “He loves Memphis. I mean, his wife’s last name is Biel. I talked him out of naming his son Barbecue. But he’s passionate about his hometown.”

Timberlake then accepted his award to a standing ovation and the screams of several thousand, mostly female, fans. “I never prepared a speech for anything,” he said, by way of introduction. “But this is the (expletive) coolest thing that’s ever happened to me.

“This (city) is one of a kind and I know ’cause I’ve been around,” said Timberlake. “But London ain’t got no Gus’ Fried Chicken. Paris may have rendezvous, but they don’t have the Rendezvous. Egypt has the pyramids, but they don’t have a Bass Pro Pyramid.”

Timberlake performed along with Jimmy Fallon the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary’s cold open.  He also returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as a guest to perform a sixth edition of the sketch “History of Rap” in September 2015

Timberlake will compose the soundtrack and serve as music supervisor for the upcoming 2016 film The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which his wife Jessica Biel will produce and have a role in. Entertainment Weekly has reported Timberlake and director Jonathan Demme are making a concert film together showcasing his 20/20 Experience World Tour.

 According to The Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake will voice the lead character in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls opposite Anna Kendrick. The film is set to be released in November 2016