Pop Culture

Justin Timberlake pays tribute to Prince during Super Bowl halftime show

What's better than a Justin Timberlake performance? A Justin Timberlake performance ... featuring Prince.

That's right: Timberlake payed tribute to the late star during his halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, which happens to be the "Purple Rain" singer's hometown.

Prince appeared via projector during the halftime show.

Prince appeared larger than life on a projection (no hologram, contrary to earlier rumors) as Timberlake shifted gears in his performance and sang Prince's song, "I Would Die 4 You."

It was a moving salute from Timberlake, who has said that there's a "little bit of Prince" in all of his work as a musician.

ANGELA WEISS / AFP - Getty Images
Justin Timberlake performs at a piano as an image of pop icon Prince appears on a giant screen during Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
Christian Petersen / Getty Images
This year marked Justin Timberlake's second time headlining the Super Bowl halftime show.

Prince, who was a proud Minnesotan, died in April 2016.

Earlier in his performance, Timberlake breezed through many of his hits, including "Sexy Back," "My Love" and "Rock Your Body," all the while showing off his signature dance moves.

Christopher Polk / Getty Images
Timberlake, who recently released a new album, performed many of his hits during the halftime show.

He also performed "Until the End of Time" at a piano, a rare ballad in an otherwise energetic show.

At one point, Timberlake was joined by a brass band — at another, a team of backup dancers flashed mirrors as he sang his hit "Mirrors."

John David Mercer / Reuters/USA TODAY Sports
At one point during the show, Timberlake slowed things down and played the piano.

Timberlake ended his performance by singing "Can't Stop the Feeling," even running into the stands, where he stopped to take a selfie with a fan. (That's why we love you, JT.)

Timberlake released a new album this week, "Man of the Woods."

Sunday marked his second time headlining the Super Bowl halftime show.

TOP