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Prince's Sister Tyka Nelson Didn't Mind Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Tribute

Prince's Sister Tyka Nelson Didn't Mind Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Tribute

Monday, National Public Radio music critic Ann Powers reacted on "All Things Considered" to Sunday's Super Bowl LII halftime performance by Justin Timberlake, saying the artist was "not right for this moment".

Prince's sister has come forward and said that her brother wouldn't be mad that Justin Timberlake used his image and voice during the Super Bowl halftime show.

The performance itself did not have a lot of crowd involvement either. "Filthy" is the lead single from the entertainer's new album, Man of the Woods, which was released on February 2. With more of a new-age pop song with techno beats and random soundbites, the song itself is a new direction for him. It also connected with the audience far more than his opening song, which was released at the beginning of January and hasn't charted higher than 16 yet, according to Billboard. Timberlake could never have topped Prince's legendary halftime show in 2007, easily one of the 2-3 best halftime shows in Super Bowl history, nor was he trying to.

Lowe asked if Timberlake and Jackson had resolved that event between the two of them, to which the "Cry Me A River" singer confirmed that they "absolutely" had.

During the show, Justin featured a special kind of "duet" with the late singer, Prince, as purple lights glowed around the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Timberlake sang alone on stage while playing a attractive white piano.

Taking place in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, Timberlake's performance sparked controversy after it was originally reported that he'd be including a hologram of Prince.

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"Prince told me don't ever let anyone do a hologram of me", Shiela E., longtime bandmate of Prince, tweeted the day before the performance.

While it was a fitting tribute to the late Prince, it wasn't enough to save Timberlake's colorless performance, although, the aerial shot of the Prince symbol around the Viking's stadium was a great touch. The New England Patriots and *NSYNC's own Justin Timberlake. He wasn't very impressed by Timberlake or anything that went into his show.

One saving grace for this show was when Timberlake walked into the stand sand sang to some cheering Eagles fans, with the camera focusing on an delightfully awkward middle schooler who seemingly had no idea who Timberlake was.

Both teams went back and fourth in the second half and I remained glued to the television in order to see the outcome.

The designer said of Justin: "He's always carried himself with style, so to dress him is a real honour".


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