Justin Timberlake showed up for what the NBC crew insistently called "music's biggest night," and while the former 'N Sync-er's Super Bowl 52 halftime show didn't exactly enter into the pantheon of all-time great halftime performances.
With the game taking place in Minnesota, speculation swirled about whether JT would pay tribute to the state's most famous musical son: Prince, who passed away last year. The Mickey Mouse Club vet did not disappoint, whipping out a version of "I Would Die 4 U," to wild approval, as a gigantic video (not a hologram, at least!) version of the late artist billowed on a curtain behind him.
While the sound quality seemed like it was more "blasting out of blown-out car speakers" than "music's biggest night," the show picked up steam as it went on, with a marching band punching up the latter half of the performance. Despite the screaming fans around the stage, however, reports from inside the stadium were decidedly less enthusiastic:
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Most of Timberlake's set list contained his own songs, of course, starting with "Filthy" off his less-than-well-received new album, but it also included classics like "SexyBack" and "My Love," along with Trolls hit "Can't Stop the Feeling." Here's the complete list of songs he performed:
- "Rock Your Body"
- "Sexy Back"
- "My Love"
- "Cry Me A River"
- "Suit and Tie"
- "Until The End of Time"
- "I Would Die 4 U"
- "Can't Stop The Feeling"
Did JT earn his keep as the Super Bowl halftime star? Well, considering he got paid nothing to perform, it's difficult to criticize him too much -- and what do you really expect out of a 12-minute show that's not even the main attraction of the night?
He could've at least shouted out Janet Jackson.
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