Fourteen years after his controversial performance alongside Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake returned to headline Sunday’s Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 4). Following recent halftime performers Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, and Katy Perry, the pop superstar delivered an electrifying dance-heavy medley of his biggest hits, including an homage to Prince.
Starting off on a stage behind the arena, Timberlake–decked out in a Stella McCartney black fringe jacket and camouflage pants with Jordans–kicked off his 13-minute set with his Timbaland-produced single “Filthy.” He and his dancers then emerged onto a lit-up catwalk to “Rock Your Body” before making his way onto the field for “SexyBack.” Joined by the Tennessee Kids, he delivered “My Love” and showed off his fancy footwork, dancing to “Cry Me a River” over the NFL logo on the field.
Perched atop a glowing box in the middle of the field, he delved into 2013’s “Suit & Tie,” while a marching band backed him up.
But the highlight was when he took a seat at a white piano for “Until the End of Time,” which he turned into a mashup of “I Would Die 4 U.” As footage of Prince was projected onto a curtain, he dueted with the late icon.
“Two fingers in the air for Prince tonight,” said J.T. as the stadium and city of Minneapolis lit up in purple with the Prince logo in honor of the Purple One.
Following “Mirrors,” he ended the set with “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” As dancers hit the field in colorful outfits, J.T. headed into the stands to dance with the audience, ending his set by snapping a selfie with a young fan.
The performance didn’t come without some controversy. There were earlier reports that Timberlake planned to incorporate a “hologram” of Prince, but after speaking with J.T., Prince’s longtime friend Sheila E. announced that a hologram would not be involved in the performance, in keeping with the late singer’s wishes.
Timberlake’s former bandmates *NSYNC and Janet Jackson also did not make surprise cameos. On Saturday, Janet cleared up the rumors, while her fans declared Super Bowl Sunday “Janet Jackson Appreciation Day,” sharing their love for the singer on social media.
Timberlake, who released his latest album Man of the Woods on Friday (Feb. 2), will bring his live show to arenas this spring. His “Man of the Woods Tour” kicks off March 13 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.