JT 'changed Super Bowl show' due to backlash


American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake is now receiving quite a bit of flak after performing some of the songs of the dearly departed Prince at the 2018 National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl LII halftime show last Sunday, Feb. 4 - which took place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The highest production thing we got from JT's performance was a projection of Prince singing over a sheet.

When he reached that line on Sunday night, Timberlake stopped the music and cut to another song. Timberlake believes that Prince was "the pinnacle of musicianship", which made his tribute to the "Purple Rain" legend a career milestone.

Ahead of the show, the hashtag "Justice for Janet" trended on Twitter, in the hope Timberlake would invite her back - but Jackson shut down that speculation earlier on Sunday. The last time Timberlake took the stage during a halftime show was in 2004.

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He told BBC Radio Scotland he was unaware "Filthy" singer Timberlake - who has sold more than 32 million albums - would wear his stag image.

Timberlake is not free from controversy or mistakes. He brought back classic ballads like "Cry Me A River", but he gave them a more upbeat, energetic sound to go with the rest of his set.

Timberlake also got a lot of backlash for claiming he was going to have a hologram of Prince perform beside him.

As the song reached its climax, the area around the stadium was bathed in purple lights, forming the "love symbol" Prince adopted as his name in the 1990s.

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Leading up to the halftime performance, Timberlake reassured us there would be no repeat of the incident.

There was a solid start with "Rock Your Body", one of his early aughts hits that hasn't aged terribly, as well as renditions of "Suit and Tie" and "Can't Stop the Feeling".

Much like everything else with the Super Bowl from the commercials to the game itself, it felt very safe this year in that it avoided more riskier and political topics.

But after the release of "Man of the Woods", Timberlake's first offering in half a decade, he could easily go missing again for all I care. It did, however, make for an incredibly awkward TV moment, with Timberlake trying to get the crowd, especially McKenna (who seemed to lose interest immediately after scoring a selfie with Timberlake), to dance and everyone around him looking at him through their screens. Timberlake was Jackson's special guest during her performance at that year's game and ripped off a piece of her clothing, revealing her nipple.

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"I forgave him when I saw him perform at the Super Bowl this year".