Justin Timberlake Explains Why He Exhumed Prince’s Likeness for His Little Super Bowl Thing


By many accounts
, Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Halftime
Show was
underwhelming
, but according to Jimmy Fallon, it was
“unbelievable” and “one of the best halftime performances of
all time.” Okay, Jimmy.

Fallon had Timberlake on a special post-Super Bowl episode of
his nightly gushfest and asked Timberlake about his
controversial decision to use the image/music of Prince during
his performance. Naturally, this was not framed by Fallon as
controversial or even potentially so, but “beautiful.”

Said Timberlake:

It’s a moment for me if I’m being quite honest because he’s
always been the pinnacle of musicianship for me. And when we
decided that the serendipity and the synergy that would be in
Minneapolis, and that he’s such a special thing here aside
from what he is all over the world, I just felt like I wanted
to do something for this city and something for him that
would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the
G.O.A.T. of musicians.

After he said this and the audience cheered, the camera cut to
the Roots’ bandleader Questlove, a noted Prince expert, who
gave the thumbs up. That was all the validation Timberlake
needed:

And also, I’m not gonna lie to you guys, because Questlove is
the encyclopedia on music but also, like, the I feel like a
gatekeeper on Prince so like if I got the thumbs up from
Quest, I’m good.

Okay, Justin.

“It was dope,” said Quest. Okay, Quest.

When I pasted the first blockquote above into Slack, a slackbot
displayed the following gif (“G.O.A.T.” I assume is what
triggered it):

My thoughts exactly.

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