Justin Timberlake took the stage at the Super Bowl LII halftime show 13 years after his memorable performance with Janet Jackson. Despite nipplegate, and the complaints from Janet Jackson fans everywhere, Timberlake returned to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis Sunday night to perform a medley of hits.
Rumors that Timberlake planned to pay tribute to Prince proved once and for all to be true, as the singer delivered a high-energy performance that began in a club-like area under the elaborate stage. He treated the audience to classics like "Rock Your Body," "Sexyback," "Cry Me A River," and "Señorita," along with songs from his new album Man of the Woods including "Filthy." Then, he sat down to a white grand piano and projected Prince's face on a large white cloth. Timberlake ended the performance with elaborate renditions of "Mirrors" and "Can't Stop The Feeling" as he walked into the audience and took selfies with fans.
The live broadcasted performance was full of choreographed dances and featured a large marching band dressed in formal attire, but Twitter had mixed reactions.
Prior to his performance, people on Twitter turned Super Bowl Sunday into “Janet Jackson Appreciation Day.” Some speculated that Janet would be making an appearance during tonight’s performance, but she squashed that rumor on Twitter earlier today.
If you missed the performance or want to revisit Justin's Prince tribute, check out the halftime show above.