The best thing about Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t anything to do with Justin Timberlake. As the US pop star stumbled through a medley of some of his bigger hits, and, er, some from his flannel-tinged new album ‘Man Of The Woods’, JT went for one last roll of the dice – a tacky Prince tribute.
In the build-up to show, reports began swirling on Saturday that The Purple One would appear as a hologram during the show. Soon after, fans began sharing Prince’s opinion on holograms – he called them “demonic” in 1998 – and after Timberlake conversed with Prince collaborator Sheila E. the hologram was shelved.
But still, Timberlake managed to skirt round the issue by just projecting clips of Prince singing ‘I Would Die 4 U’ onto a slapdash sheet. It doesn’t count as a hologram if its behind a shower curtain, according to Timberlake.
The only saving grace was the fact that the game and show was being held in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis – where he was and still is their beloved pop star. But if they really wanted to pay tribute, maybe they should have just re-ran Prince’s iconic Super Bowl XLI half-time show from 2007.
Commonly cited as the best show to be sandwiched through the NFL title game – he treated us all to the hits, shredded guitar and performed ‘Purple Rain’ in the actual pouring rain. It was perfect and you need to watch it right now.