Justin Timberlake performed a 13 minute set at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis on Sunday (Feb 4). Kicking off the set with his latest single, “Filthy” from his newly released album, Man of the Woods, the singer cycled through several of his best-loved hits.
The song set included “Senorita,” “Sexy Back,” and a bit of “Cry Me a River.” A marching band surrounded him as he performed “Suit & Tie.” Next, the singer performed “Until the End of Time” on a white baby grand piano before launching into a Prince tribute.
There was no hologram as rumored. Instead, Prince’s Super Bowl performance of “I Would Die 4 U” projected on a screen as purple lights danced inside and outside the stadium, Timberlake performed along with Minneapolis’ hometown hero.
The set wound down with “Mirrors” and the big crowd pleaser, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” As Timberlake left the stadium, he took selfies with fans.
Other than a “virtual” Prince, there were no special guests. Timberlake’s last Super Bowl outing in 2004 caused much controversy and created a new term “Wardrobe Malfunction.” Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed for a brief moment after Justin ripped a piece of her clothing off. The bit was all choreographed. But somehow, Jackson took ALL of the heat for the incident. Her career took a big hit while Timberlake thrived. Go figure.