After his last Super Bowl appearance resulted in Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction, Justin Timberlake returned to the big game this year amid controversial rumors that he would pay tribute to Prince with a hologram.
Instead, the Super Bowl 52 halftime show honored the late Prince by projecting a video of him onto a sheet in a virtual duet with Timberlake. Minneapolis, Prince’s hometown, was bathed in a purple light during the cover of “I Would Die 4 U.”
The lead creator of the halftime show’s visual Prince effect, Nick Whitehouse, told Rolling Stone that Timberlake had spent a good deal of time deciding with the team how to honor Prince’s legacy.
“Ultimately, Justin decided that the only person who could do Prince justice is Prince,” he said.
Prince had told Guitar World in 1998 that a hologram of himself would be “the most demonic thing imaginable.”
Timberlake otherwise stuck to a medley of his own hits, including performances of “SexyBack,” “Suit & Tie” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
You can watch the full clip here.
- TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2021
- Inside Frances Haugen's Decision to Take on Facebook
- Why We Should Stop Freaking Out About Inflation
- Austria's Plan to Make COVID-19 Vaccines Compulsory Is Dividing Citizens — and Experts
- Inside the 80-Year Quest to Name Pearl Harbor's Unknown Victims
- Buying a House Feels Impossible These Days. Here Are 6 Innovative Paths to Homeownership
- 'They're Very Close.' U.S. General Says Iran Is Nearly Able to Build a Nuclear Weapon
- A Charter School's Racial Controversy Reveals the Real Battle For America's Classrooms