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
#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.
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