Justin Timberlake brought the crowd to their feet throughout the 2018 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show in Minneapolis Sunday. The vocalist whipped through his own hits, singing littles “Filthy,” “Rock Your Body,” “Señorita,” “SexyBack,” “My Love,” “Cry Me a River,” “Suit & Tie,” “Until the End of Time,” “Mirrors” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” But it was his cover of Prince‘s “I Would Die 4 U”– together with a pre-recorded video of the late vocalist, showed on a forecast screen– that made headings. Prior to the efficiency, amidst early problems on social networks, Prince’s good friend, Sheila E., stated she ‘d spoken to Timberlake and there would not be a “hologram.”
Timberlake appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show after the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots, and he discussed how the homage to Prince came out. “It’s a moment for me, if I’m being quite honest, because he’s always been the pinnacle of musicianship for me. And when we decided that, like, the serendipity and synergy that we would be in Minneapolis, and that, you know, he’s such a special thing here, aside from what he is all over the world, um, I just felt I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that, uh, would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] of musicians,” Timberlake stated. “And likewise, I’m not going to lie to you men since Questlove is the encyclopedia on music, however likewise, like, I seem like a gatekeeper on Prince, so if I got the thumbs up from Quest, I’m excellent.”
Questlove offered him 2 thumbs up and stated the homage was “dope.”
As part of the efficiency, Timberlake “turned the city purple,” Jimmy Fallon kept in mind.
Timberlake could not stop geeking out over the technological elements that entered into his homage. “I suggest, you need to comprehend: We got the actual genuine singing originates from ‘I Would Die 4 U.’ The real recording! And after that we got uncut video of him efficiency of it in Purple Rain In some way, some method, by the grace of– most likely Prince looking down on us– it synced up. It resembled this insane serendipitous minute … I simply wished to utilize the chance to do something unique for this city,” he stated, “but most of all, for my favorite musician of all time.”
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