Super Bowl: Justin Timberlake pays tribute to Prince
Written by Scott McGerty on 5th February 2018
Justin Timberlake paid tribute to Prince during the Super Bowl half-time show by performing a “duet” with the late singer.
Appearing on stage at a piano, Timberlake sang ‘I Would Die 4 U ‘ as a video of Prince also singing the hit was projected onto a huge piece of white material.
Rumours had been circulating ahead of the event that the pop star would cover a Prince song, with some even suggesting his performance would feature a hologram of the late singer.
In the end, his stripped-back tribute marked a reflective moment in his otherwise high-octane performance, as the US Bank Stadium in Minnesota was lit up in purple.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 5, 2018
Timberlake had begun his performance with a rendition of his latest single Filthy (which is on the Spark playlist!) before singing a medley of some of his classic hits, including SexyBack, Senorita and Cry Me A River.
His show featured an orchestra, large brass brand and dozens of backing dancers, as well as his new band, the Tennessee Kids.
Timberlake’s show marked his return to the Super Bowl following a controversial performance with Janet Jackson in 2004.
Speculation had been rife that Jackson might join Timberlake on Sunday, 14 years after their nipplegate moment overshadowed events on the field, but she took to Twitter to confirm she wasn’t taking part this year.
It was the third time Timberlake took to the stage at the sporting event, after first performing in 2001 with his N’Sync bandmates and then three years later with Jackson.
His fifth solo album, Man Of The Woods, was released on Friday 2nd February.