Justin Timberlake rocks Super Bowl

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Justin Timberlake has combined his classics with new tracks for a dance-filled Super Bowl halftime performance.

Timberlake promised in a video announcing his new album Man of the Woods in January that he would return to his roots. If he meant his chart-topping songs like Rock Your Body and SexyBack, then he certainly delivered.

 



Backed by a tuxedo-clad marching band, Timberlake sang Suit & Tie from his album The 20/20 Experience on a raised white platform.

He sat a white grand piano for Until the End of Time, which transitioned into a cover of Prince's I Would Die 4 U. As he sang the song, a projection of Prince from Purple Rain appeared on a massive purple curtain -- not a reanimated hologram, as had been reported, and feared, earlier. The song ended with Prince's infamous shadow from the 2007 Super Bowl projected on the sheet.

The show concluded with Can't Stop the Feeling.

Timberlake had performed twice at the Super Bowl. For Britney Spears' halftime show in 2001, Timberlake joined the pop singer with his boyband NSYNC. Then, he returned in 2004 to briefly share the stage with Janet Jackson, which resulted in the now-infamous wardrobe malfunction seen 'round the world.

Earlier, Pink sang The Star Spangled Banner, after taking what appeared to be gum from her mouth. It wasn't clear if she sang to a pre-recorded track. The performance had an orchestra accompaniment, but there wasn't one on the field.


 
Image: Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Lionel Hahn/ABACAPRESS.COM.

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