Monday, November 18 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-11-19 04:31:48 GMT
Fans are excited Monday inside the FedExForum after many supporters have been waiting months to see Justin Timberlake's 20/20 experience.More >>
Fans were excited Monday inside the FedExForum. Many supporters waited months to see Justin Timberlake's 20/20 experience.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – Mid-South music icon Justin Timberlake takes the stage Monday night at FedExForum and Memphis has big plans to honor the hometown entertainer.
More than 1,000 bow ties circulated the City of Memphis in anticipation of the concert. City officials declared Monday "Justin Timberlake Day" and encouraged fans to wear their favorite bow tie to celebrate.
"It's really exciting to have the city name a day after your kid," said Timberlake's mom, Lynn Harless.
Harless was at the center of the festivities in downtown Memphis when Mayor Wharton and others made Timberlake the latest ambassador of the city.
"You've heard them say, they will be led by a child. He's leading us," Mayor Wharton said.
"I just can't believe this day has come. I didn't imagine it'd be this big. I'm very proud," added cousin Allison Campbell.
Mayor Wharton told those in the crowd that gospel music was Timberlake's incubator, soul was his babysitter, blues served as his Pre-K instructor and rock and roll was his childhood friend.
Now, the entire Mid-South can celebrate this music icon.
"Being that its such a musically based city and to have such a talent in just one person, he can sing, he can dance, act, he's got the 'it' factor," added Campbell.
Justin's mother says the music superstar is never far from his Memphis roots.
"Whenever he's in a dressing room, there's always a stack of Grizzlies gear and always a stack of Tiger's gear," Harless said.
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