Find out who's singing his praises ... and who was tweeting "NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE!"
Sure, there were a ton of people tuning into the Super Bowl to watch the New England Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles, but for us the big game was all about one thing: Justin Timberlake's halftime performance.
His last appearance at the big game was met with major backlash in 2004, after he exposed Janet Jackson's breast during her performance. With that memory still in the minds of many, the big question was whether she'd join him on stage in Minneapolis, something she shut down on Saturday. Some also hoped NSYNC would pop up -- like Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams did when Beyonce rocked the stage in 2013 -- or Chris Stapleton, who he shares a duet with on his new album.
Timberlake denied any of them would join him ... and he wasn't lying.
JT began his set "Filthy," rocking a fringe leather jacket and dancing below the field, before making his way to the main stage singing "Rock Your Body" -- the same song he was performing when he tore of Janet's top. His medley of hits also included "SexyBack," "My Love" and "Cry Me River." He slipped on a camo suit to perform "Suit and Tie" with a full band, before moving to the piano to sing "Until the End of Time" and Prince's "I Would Die 4 U," with a video screen of the legendary singer. As that happened, the lights in the city all turned purple.
He followed that up with his song "Mirrors" and "Can't Stop the Feeling" -- which he performed in the stands.
A few celebrities chimed in on his use of Prince, both in defense and against:
Okay punkass justin Timberlake. You was cool till you pulled that Prince bullshit. You dissed Prince on a track of yours and you dissed him onstage when you lowered the mic stand onstage when prince won an award. Later for ya ass— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) February 5, 2018
And then ANGER!!! To bring out Prince to improve this mediocrity is a damn embarrassment. I’m fumin #HalftimeShow— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) February 5, 2018
Justin Timberlake: I’m going to perform at the Super Bowl with a Prince hologram.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 4, 2018
Prince (from the grave): pic.twitter.com/IhwAbcZwKm
Not down with the dead Prince duet.— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) February 5, 2018
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) February 5, 2018
My feeling mo mixed than a bag of party Chex.— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) February 5, 2018
When you really miss Prince!! I’m here for this yall!! pic.twitter.com/6zxeGAtIQJ— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) February 5, 2018
I'm so IRRITATED! You don't do PRINCE like that!!!!! It was NOT A GOOD TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND! PRINCE IS MY FAVORITE ARTIST...THIS WAS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED A TRIBUTE TO PRINCE SHOULD LOOK LIKE!!!— OFFICIAL SARA STOKES (@IAMSARASTOKES) February 5, 2018
prince stole the show #HalftimeShow— Rydel Lynch (@RydelLynch) February 5, 2018
The MLK truck commercial and them using Prince singing I Would *Die* 4 U at halftime were both in bad taste imo. No one said “maybe not the song win the word DIE in it?!— snddoɥ ʞɹɐɯ (@markhoppus) February 5, 2018
The Prince tribute would’ve been cool... except Prince specifically said he didn’t want that, right? Even in death, Prince continues to be misunderstood.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 5, 2018
Here's what else Hollywood is saying about the performance in general:
🙄— Joey Fatone (@realjoeyfatone) February 5, 2018
Maybe the best halftime show ever. (Next to U2). JT for POTUS!#SuperBowl2018— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 5, 2018
Inadvertently and unwillingly saw the halftime show while eating at the bar.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) February 5, 2018
I feel myself spiraling into a deep dark hole of rage and depression .
I consulted with my 10 year old daughter. Tragedy averted. I feel validated pic.twitter.com/W5PjnWi5QJ— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) February 5, 2018
#justintimberlake is that kid from your suburb who went rogue and went to school in Missoula and came home after the first semester with a high score on BuckHunter and a love of Skoal. K. You’re from Orlando.— Iliza Shlesinger (@iliza) February 5, 2018
And that’s how it’s done .... Mr. @jtimberlake— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 5, 2018
Wow wow wow! Best halftime of all time!!!!!! Way to go @jtimberlake that just made me so proud!!!!— Chris Kirkpatrick (@IamCKirkpatrick) February 5, 2018
Camden loved the Trolls song. Thanks Justin! Great job! https://t.co/0Fh2QI3SAz— Johnathon Schaech (@JohnSchaech) February 5, 2018
I really really enjoyed Justin Timberlake on super Bowl halftime wow— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 5, 2018
I hate this song but my opinions are hella unpopular so its whatever...— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) February 5, 2018
Well dayum this is what a child friendly performance literally looks like #SuperBowl52 😂— Porsha Williams (@Porsha4real) February 5, 2018
#JustinTimberlake is a fucking fantastic performer. I loved that half time show!!!— Katie Maloney (@MusicKillsKate) February 5, 2018
Justin Timberlake is a true star. every opportunity he gets, he always proves that. period. #PepsiHalftime— Aubrey O'Day (@AubreyODay) February 5, 2018
Rethinking this entire Justin Timberlake halftime situation and realizing I just can’t forgive him for what he did to Britney and Janet Jackson. You heard me. #GaySuperBowl— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 5, 2018
Tom Brady’s daughter rockin out to Justin Timberlake at halftime pic.twitter.com/PAJUWWPnNc— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 5, 2018
Keep reading for more funny and/or critical tweets about the performance:
who wore it better: justin timberlake or mac os sierra? pic.twitter.com/F0J6heUkAr— gabe bergado (@gabebergado) February 5, 2018
Gaga’s Halftime:— Lady Gaga (@CantReadMyJudas) February 5, 2018
Jumped from the roof
Sang live while doing choreo
Made a political statement
Played keytar and piano
Ended it with a mid air football catch
Anti climatic intro
Disrespectful Prince inclusion
A kid taking a selfie #PepsiHalftime
i feel like i'm in a REALLY bad soul cycle class— Mary H.K. Choi (@choitotheworld) February 5, 2018
Let's go through the history. While he was alive, Justin repeatedly disrespected Prince..doing a diss track against him and making fun of his height at the Golden Globes. Prince couldn't stand him. Justin has never appropriately addressed his treatment of Prince. https://t.co/HfByGT7rJy— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 5, 2018