Justin Timberlake Gives Show-Stopping Super Bowl Halftime Performance
By Liz Calvario
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Justin Timberlake brought the house down!
The 37-year-old singer brought his A-game to the Pepsi Super Bowl LII halftime show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sunday.
Looking fresh in custom Stella McCartney ensembles inspired by his new album, Man of the Woods, Timberlake kicked off his 13-minute set singing his latest single, "Filthy," in a small room filled with fans. He then made his way through the crowd and up the stairs into the stadium as he transitioned into "Rock Your Body."
JT next sang "Senorita" and brought "Sexy Back," but in a much slower rendition. As he took off his jacket and the crowd went wild, he began singing "My Love," before making fans nostalgic with "Cry Me a River."
His major promised dance break came next as he and a slew of male dancers made their way to the NFL logo on the field. The lights faded and a marching band surrounded him as he sang "Suit & Tie" on an illuminated square.
Timberlake then slowed it down by singing "Until the End of Time" on a white grand piano. The moment people were expecting happened next; a Prince tribute that featured the late singer projected on a white sheet with purple lights, as JT sang "I Would Die 4 U" along with a virtual Prince.
The impacting moment was followed by a shimmering rendition of "Mirrors" and then the field filled with bright colors and dancers as he finished off with "Can't Stop the Feeling" he made his way up the bleachers and interacted with the fans.
During his set, JT rocked an alter nappa fringed jacket with an organic cotton shirt featuring a landscape artwork by British artist Marin Ridley, as well as a Prince of Wales check and camouflage splatter print trouser made from repurposed wool fabric and a matching tailored single-breasted jacket.
"We're doing a few things with this halftime show that they've never quite done before," he revealed. "I'm excited to do that. I always like to push to be able to do something like that. But on a more serious note ... it's a moment where you have an opportunity to bring so many people together through what I think is the greatest art form, which is music. That has been sort of the ethos of inspiration behind putting the set list together and managing the visuals and how it would all sort of come together."
"And, you know, I like to make dance music," he continued. "So, I hope everyone's dancing."
ET learned last month that the singer had prepared for the big event by rehearsing a whopping eight to 10 hours a day. Additionally the "Sexy Back" singer had a fun-filled week, celebrating the release of his latest LP and his 37th birthday with a star-studded affair that included his wife, Jessica Biel, on Thursday.