- Read more: Justin Timberlake’s Prince-starring Super Bowl halftime show felt underwhelming and opportunistic
During a set that a tribute to Prince in his hometown of Minneapolis, the former N Sync turned solo star appeared to be channelling the spirit of his new country-tinged album, ‘Man Of The Woods‘ – wearing camouflage trousers, denim and a shirt that displayed a rural American landscape.
However, Twitter was soon alight with viewers’ reactions:
I feel like Justin forgot his outfit for the show and stopped quick at a gander mountain to just pick something up 🤷🏽♀️ #SuperBowlHalftime
— Chelsea Flo (@chel_flo) February 5, 2018
who wore it better: justin timberlake or mac os sierra? pic.twitter.com/F0J6heUkAr
— gabe bergado (@gabebergado) February 5, 2018
did justin timberlake buy his outfit at bass pro shop
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) February 5, 2018
— Robyn Flynn (@robynlisaflynn) February 5, 2018
— Erin Youngdoll (@Epuff80) February 5, 2018
who wore it better pic.twitter.com/EuDLSeSy2Q
— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) February 5, 2018
Pros: Purple light show outside the stadium.
Cons: JT wore a camo suit, Jordans, and a shirt with deer on it.
— Luke (@stennes_) February 5, 2018
i don't know how to explain this but justin's halftime outfit is what his album sounds like
— alexis (@astroaIexis) February 5, 2018
Timberlake’s performance sparked controversy after it was originally reported that he’d be including a hologram of Prince. These plans were later scrapped following discussions with Prince collaborator Sheila E. But Prince did appear in some form. Towards the end of Timberlake’s big appearance, he worked his way to a B-stage and sat down at a piano. There, he began covering ‘I Would Die 4 U’, and footage of the Purple One was projected behind him.
This comes after the pair’s famous spat over the song ‘SexyBack’, when Timberlake mocked Prince during the 2007 Golden Globes.
Meanwhile, a young audience member’s reaction to JT’s performance has become the greatest meme of the whole event.
— its lexie (@itss_lexiee23) February 5, 2018
The fan, later identified as 13-year-old Ryan McKenna, had taken a selfie with Timberlake only moments before – and was understandably staring at the photo when the cameras focused on him.