Pop celebrity Justin Timberlake paid tribute to Prince and took selfies with fanatics right through his Super Bowl half-time show.
The singer carried out I Would Die four U right through a hit-packed, 12-minute set in Minneapolis – Prince’s house the city.
Timberlake additionally bumped into the gang to bounce and pose for footage, in an unfailingly lively look.
And he tacitly said his closing Super Bowl efficiency in 2004, which ended with Janet Jackson’s notorious “wardrobe malfunction”.
On that instance, he ripped a panel off Jackson’s bodice, revealing her proper breast as he sang the lyric “gonna have you naked by the end of this song”.
When he reached that line on Sunday night time, Timberlake stopped the track and minimize to every other track.
The gesture is not going to have inspired Jackson’s fanatics – who nonetheless resent the truth that her occupation was once derailed through the incident, whilst Timberlake emerged moderately unscathed.
Ahead of the show, the hashtag “Justice for Janet” trended on Twitter, within the hope Timberlake would invite her again – however Jackson close down that hypothesis previous on Sunday.
Instead, Timberlake’s show (broadcast on a five-second prolong that was once instigated after the 2004 Super Bowl) was once in large part controversy-free.
His maximum divisive transfer was once more than likely the verdict to put on a blouse that includes of 2 caribou, which seemed much less like a level outfit than your laptop’s desktop wallpaper.
Still, Timberlake’s whip-crack choreography was once so spectacular it took a few mins for the real horror of his outfit to in point of fact sink in.
He began the show behind the curtain, acting his present unmarried, Filthy, prior to dancing down an increased walkway to the centre of the stadium.
Zipping via 12 songs in as many mins, the 37-year-old confirmed off his enviable again catalogue – from the pop-funk of SexyBack to the robo-ballad Cry Me A River, into which he dropped parts of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir.
Suit and Tie was once carried out with a marching band, whilst Timberlake sat at a piano to play his Prince tribute.
“Minneapolis, Minnesota, this one’s for you,” he declared, making a song a brand new association of I Would Die four U over an archive recording of Prince’s vocals, as pictures of the past due famous person had been projected in the back of him.
As the track reached its climax, the world across the stadium was once bathed in crimson lighting fixtures, forming the “love symbol” Prince followed as his title within the 1990s.
However, rumours that Timberlake would introduce a hologram of the pop icon became out to be false.
Prince’s estate confirmed on Twitter that there have been “never any plans” for the sort of stunt – even though, in a neat contact, Timberlake’s band integrated guitarist Mike Scott, a long-time participant in Prince’s band.
Timberlake made complete use of america Bank Stadium during his high-octane show, darting from one finish of the pitch to every other with slightly a pause for breath.
He ended the show within the bleachers, making a song Can’t Stop The Feeling with a bewildered teenage fan.
“That would have been my worst nightmare,” famous BBC Super Bowl presenter Mark Chapman afterwards.
“There’s at least 100 million people watching this in America alone and you’re meant to dance with Justin Timberlake on television!”
But it ended neatly – with Timberlake posing for a selfie with the teenager, straight away making him a celebrity.
It was once one of the crucial few human moments in an expertly polished efficiency.
But the show lacked any of the spectacle now we have come to be expecting from the Super Bowl – whether or not it is Lady Gaga leaping off the ceiling of Houston’s NRG stadium or Katy Perry’s notorious “left shark” 3 years in the past.
Timberlake has carried out higher himself – his ebullient, career-spanning medley at the 2013 MTV Awards was once a masterclass in stagecraft and air of secrecy.
Maybe inviting Jackson again to make amends would have added some much-needed frisson, finally?
Earlier on Sunday, pop singer Pink – who is a diehard fan of Super Bowl winners the Philadelphia Eagles – were given the Super Bowl birthday party began with a heartfelt rendition of america National Anthem.
Despite struggling with flu, the singer’s voice was once transparent and robust, with just a slight crack in opposition to the top of her efficiency.
Cameras captured her disposing of a work of chewing gum (or in all probability a throat lozenge) from her mouth seconds prior to making a song the outlet line – a second which temporarily become shared on social media.
Before the show, Pink wrote on Instagram: “I have been ready to sing this track since 1991 after I noticed my idol, Whitney Houston, personal this track.
“And right here we’re. I have arrived at every other one in every of my goals which is slowly changing into a type of nightmare.”
She stated she had stuck the flu from her two kids Willow Sage and Jameson, calling them “two small petri dish youngsters who actually cough into my mouth.”
Notably, not one of the avid gamers at america Bank Stadium kneeled or sat during the anthem.