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Justin Timberlake Came To Party At This Year's Super Bowl Halftime Show

He sang all the hits, old and new.

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Justin Timberlake brought his trademark energy to Sunday night's halftime show at Super Bowl LII. The star performed a far-reaching medley of his biggest solo hits, including "Cry Me a River," "SexyBack," "Suit and Tie," and his recent single "Filthy" — turning U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis into one big party.


Timberlake moved around the field, switching between various set pieces, and surrounded by dozens of backup dancers and band members. Toward the end of the set, during "Can't Stop the Feeling," he even made his way into the stands to interact with fans (and snap a selfie with one instantly famous kid), while colorful dancers covered the field.

The 13-minute performance also its quieter moments. At one point, Timberlake sat at a white piano to sing Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" beside a projected image of the late singer and Minneapolis native. The stadium and surrounding area also turned purple in his honor.

However, online opinion of the performance was divided. Some Prince fans objected to Timberlake's use of the singer's image during the show, considering their reported beef. Timberlake was also originally rumored to be using a hologram of the late artist, despite Prince saying in a 1998 interview that such a practice would be the "most demonic thing imaginable."

Although Timberlake didn't address the backlash, he shared his intention behind the tribute to Jimmy Fallon after the game, saying, "I just wanted to use that opportunity to do something special for this city, but most of all for my favorite musician of all time."

Others took issue with Timberlake's decision to perform "Rock Your Body," the song he sang with Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl, when he infamously ripped off part of her costume, exposing her breast. Jackson took the brunt of the backlash for the incident, in contrast to Timberlake's continued success. In anticipation of this year's performance, fans even declared Sunday Janet Jackson Appreciation Day.

Check out Timberlake's performance for yourself in the video below (Note: you may be prompted to watch it on YouTube):


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