This weekend Justin Timberlake was named Hasty Pudding Man of the Year during a ceremony at Harvard University, the BBC reports. Hasty Pudding is the oldest collegiate theatrical organization in the US. Each year, the society picks a famous actor and actress to honor and roast; an ongoing tradition since 1951. Timberlake became the first male singer to win the award, joining previous honorees that read like a "Who’s Who” in Hollywood: Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and more, reports Rolling Stone.
“This is cooler than any Grammy or Emmy or anything I could have ever thought of. Thank you,” said Timberlake. Members of Harvard’s Hasty Pudding theatrical troupe poked fun at the Grammy winner by having actors impersonate Britney Spears and other ‘NSync members. The pop singer, songwriter, actor and producer was named by the group as “an accomplished artist who is now widely considered one of pop culture’s most influential entertainers.”
Timberlake donned pink high heels and a bra with tiny presents on each cup, a nod to "Dick in a Box," by the end of the ceremony. “This year’s Man of the Year is a triple threat," the Hasty Pudding troupe announced at the ceremony. "He sings, he dances and he goes straight to DVD." Timberlake hasn’t released an album since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds and starred in the almost-straight-to-DVD “The Open Road,” so the reason he got chosen is most likely the fact that Timberlake plays Napster creator Sean Parker in the upcoming David Fincher-directed and Aaron Sorkin-penned film "The Social Network", which is based on founding of Facebook and was mostly filmed in Boston and Cambridge.