How OutKast Could’ve Stopped Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl Nip Slip

How OutKast Could’ve Stopped Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl Nip Slip

ATLiens passed on 2004 halftime performance.

Published November 5, 2015

It’s taken over a decade for this story to come out, but OutKast apparently turned down a chance to perform at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.  

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Big Boi told the story to ESPN today, explaining that they passed on the biggest sports show on television because André 3000 refused to shorten their playlist. “[Andre] didn’t want to cut the songs, he wanted to do the full songs," Big Boi recalled. "He said, 'Nah, can’t do it.'"

The songs “Hey Ya” and “They Way You Move” were too long for the halftime show. In the end, Big Boi couldn’t convince Three Stacks to compromise. 

Had it all worked out, OutKast may have changed history as we know it by performing instead of Janet Jackson and inadvertently preventing her nip slip. Plus, it would’ve been cool to see the ATLiens take over the Super Bowl. 

“Hopefully they invite us back,” added Big Boi.  

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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