American sensation Justin Timberlake gave both an electrifying, as well as a riddled, performance at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, in last night’s 52nd Superbowl Halftime Show, sponsored by Pepsi.
Trying to steer clear from a 2004 Superbowl performance debacle that saw Timberlake reveal co-artist Janet Jackson‘s breast, widely termed as ‘Nipplegate’, the ‘Man of the Woods‘ album maker started off this set with a club scene in a section of the stadium, going on to showcase his wide repertoire including singles such as ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Filthy’, ‘Mirrors’, ‘My Love’ and ‘Until the End of Time‘.
Organisers literally lit up the stadium and its immediate surroundings in a glittering sparkle of purple haze, as images, and the distinct sound of the late phenomenal star, Prince, accompanied Justin Timberlake’s presentation of ‘I Would Die 4 U’. While intentions may have been pure and high-tech, American media have generally not received this particular re-enactment well.
Timberlake wrapped up his performance by singing ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling‘, right before the Philadelphia Eagles went on to win their first Superbowl, beating the New England Patriots 44-31.