By Dennis Huffington 2.5.2018
After ongoing speculation that Justin Timberlake would bring out Janet Jackson or former *N’SYNC bandmates at the Super Bowl Halftime show in Minneapolis, neither happened. However, Timberlake did display a video of Minneapolis native Prince when he performed a cover of the late artist’s “I Would Die 4 U” during his very underwhelming performance. The entire city then lit up in purple, in tribute to the late superstar.
Timberlake’s entire performance was precluded with controversy, after Janet Jackson fans pointed out the backlash that Jackson received from her infamous 2004 Nipplegate controversy, where Timberlake removed her wardrobe and exposed her breast while performing HIS SONG "Rock Your Body". Justin being invited back for redemption and not Janet seems like a double standard. Prior to the Super Bowl, fans deemed Super Bowl Sunday as #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay, which led to Jackson outtrending the Super Bowl itself prior to the start of the game.
Timberlake’s use of a Prince video followed a controversy that arose it was revealed that a Prince hologram might be used to perform. Prince himself deemed the use of holograms as the “most demonic imaginable.” Prince and Timberlake had also traded barbs when Prince deemed “sexy never left” in response to Timberlake’s hit “Sexyback.” Timberlake jabbed back on his verse Timbaland’s “Give It To Me” and mocked Prince’s height when he accepted a Golden Globe Award on his behalf in 2007.
Overall, Timberlake’s tribute and entire performance were quite lackluster in comparison to recent affairs. Check out these 5IVE more iconic Super Bowl Performances than Justins.
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