Justin Timberlake brought both elegant footwork and a forecast of Prince to the Super Bowl LII on Sunday.
Headlining the halftime program in Minneapolis, the vocalist, 37, started with a variety of his own hits– consisting of “Rock Your Body,” “Cry Me a River,” and “Suit & Tie”– prior to transitioning to Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U.” As a forecast of the late vocalist played above him, Timberlake sang along on a piano.
Wearing customized semi-camouflage threads by Stella McCartney, Timberlake started the program inside a club, singing his current single “Filthy” amidst a sea of laser lights. After dancing up a staircase, Timberlake transitioned into his hit “Rock Your Body” as he made his method to the field. Quickly, Timberlake had everybody clapping their hands as he carried out “SexyBack” on yet another platform with his backup dancers.
“How are y’all feeling?” he asked prior to carrying out parts of “My Love” and “Cry Me a River” with his long time backup band, the Tennessee Kids. The arena went dark as a marching band signed up with Timberlake for “Suit & Tie.”
“Let me see you put your cellphones up, Minneapolis — let’s light it up tonight,” he shouted prior to singing his ballad “Until The End of Time Lyrics” at a piano.
Soon came the most-anticipated minute of the night: Timberlake admiring Prince. Next, Timberlake went back to his own hits, singing “Mirrors” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”– the latter which acted as his ending. Timberlake broke the normal halftime program guidelines, however, ending his efficiency in the audience and taking “Super Biwl selfies.”
Timberlake’s prominent efficiency comes 2 days after the release of his 5th studio album, Man of the Woods, from which he’s dropped 4 songs and video– “Filthy,” “Supplies,” “Say Something,” and the title track– given that revealing his musical resurgence in early January.
The Grammy winner has a well-documented history with the Super Bowl. After taking the phase with his previous kid band * NSYNC and then-girlfriend Britney Spears in Aerosmith’s halftime program in 2001, Timberlake went back to carry out in Janet Jackson’s 2004 phenomenon. The latter did not go as prepared, obviously: Timberlake got rid of a piece of headliner Jackson’s top, exposing her ideal pierced nipple as an approximated 90 million audiences tuned in live.
That closet breakdown returned to haunt Timberlake in 2015. After weeks of speculation that the NFL would select him to be the halftime headliner at Super Bowl LII, Timberlake lastly revealed the news along with friend Jimmy Fallon in October. Jackson fans were not delighted, slamming his function in Nipplegate in a #JusticeforJanet project.
As anticipation for his program amped up in January, Timberlake stated he and Jackson had actually long given that apologized. “I stumbled through it, to be quite honest,” he informed Beats 1’s Zane Lowe of handling the fallout. “I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, ‘Okay, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it.’”
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