On Thursday (January 21st), Justin Timberlake took the time to thank the students that helped make his inaugural performance of “Better Days” possible.
He shared a video of himself addressing the team from Stax Music Academy in Memphis. He wrote, “Special thanks again to the students and alumni of @staxmusicacademy for being part of the inaugural performance last night. I’ve been working with the students here for years now, and they never cease to amaze. Loved every second of being here, singing with you guys in our hometown for such a big night.”
In a separate post, he also shared the history of the Stax Museum where his segment for Celebrating America was filmed.
He captioned a photo of himself with Ant Clemons outside of the historic soul music museum with, “Gotta give Memphis a moment here. It’s my hometown, but it’s also a big part of music history and American history. @StaxMuseum is home to the greatest hits of Otis Redding — it’s also, sadly, where we lost Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Felt fitting to celebrate this new administration here.”
A live version of “Better Days,” including a special message by gospel legend Kirk Franklin, is available now.