Justin Timberlake pays tribute to Prince in career-spannig Super Bowl Halftime Show
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Justin Timberlake is set for a big year, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Rumors were swirling before the game about details of the performance: Would there be a reunion with his bandmates in N’SYNC or, perhaps the most eyebrow-raising of all, a Janet Jackson appearance?

Timberlake put those rumors to rest at his pre-Super Bowl press conference and although he had a new album to promote--Man of the Woods, his fifth solo album, was released on Friday--his Halftime Show was filled with songs spanning his entire solo career. In a forest of lasers, JT Justin kicked off the show in a "club" built beneath the stage with “Filthy," before emerging to field level with a pair of classics in “Señorita” and “SexyBack.” 

JT then jumped into a rock version of “My Love” from 2006’s FutureSex/Love Sounds ahead of another classic, “Cry Me a River" from his debut solo album, Justified. A dance routine came with “Suit and Tie” which segued into “Till the End of Time,” another tune off FutureSex/Love Sounds which JT sang from a glowing white cube at midfield.

JT then paid tribute to a hometown hero, the late great Prince. Seated at a white piano, Timberlake performed Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” as images of the icon flashed on a purple cloth screen. The entire stadium and surrounding buildings lit up purple as well, slowly revealing Prince's iconic logo. 

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Justin closed out his performance with “Mirrors” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” which saw the pop star go into the crowd and take selfies with fans. The song selection was great, the dancing was was on point and the production featured constant movement from set-to-set, and impressive technical achievement. All in all it was one of the better Super Bowl Halftime shows, and a nice preview of what fans can expect on his upcoming tour.. Watch the entire performance above.

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