But Timberlake’s tribute wasn’t received well by Prince fans. 

By Dan Gartland
February 04, 2018

Justin Timberlake took a few moments during his Super Bowl halftime performance to salute Prince, but the tribute didn’t sit well with some fans of the Minnesota legend. 

Timberlake’s show was rumored to feature a hologram of Prince, but instead it included a video of him projected on a massive cloth sheet. Late in Timberlake’s set, he sat down at a piano and played a portion of “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince. 

The lights around the stadium also lit up the snow-covered Minneapolis streets with a purple glow. 

Prince, of course, had arguably the greatest Super Bowl halftime performance of all time when he brought down the house at Super Bowl XLI in Miami in 2007. 

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Timberlake’s homage, though, wasn’t a hit with some Prince fans because of decade-old feud between the two musicians. Genius has recapped the controversy thoroughly here but the gist of it is this: Prince poked fun at some of Timberlake’s lyrics, Timberlake responded on a song and Timberlake later mocked Prince’s height during an award show. The drama is old, but some people never forget. 

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