MINNEAPOLIS • Justin Timberlake posed for a selfie, paid tribute to Prince and performed it protected on the Super Bowl half-time present on Sunday, returning to the gig the place he and Janet Jackson launched “wardrobe malfunction” to the American lexicon.
Before a tv viewers estimated at greater than 100 million individuals, Timberlake gave a 13-minute efficiency that was heavy on dance spectacle and lightweight on vocal authority, ploughing by digital funk smashes similar to Cry Me A River, SexyBack and My Love.
The present within the United States Bank Stadium opened with a nightclub-like maze of laser beams as he sang his latest single, Filthy.
In the second minute, he emerged on the sphere and started dancing to Rock Your Body, the hit he had been performing on the 2004 present earlier than he tore Jackson’s high and uncovered her breast.
But 14 years later, when he lastly arrived on the clothes-ripping cue, he pretended to be a bandleader and shouted: “Hold up, stop!”
The music halted, the band pivoted into SexyBack and he smiled into the digicam.
The New York Times referred to as him out on his “taste malfunction”, for having the gall to reclaim the music.
The public punishment for the incident dubbed “Nipplegate” had largely accrued to Jackson, derailing her profession, however Timberlake was deemed match for this rehabilitation – a stark instance of how American tradition permits some (white males) to get away with something, whereas others (black girls) are silenced for stepping out of bounds.
On Sunday, in anticipation of Timberlake’s efficiency, Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with images and movies of Jackson, usually posted with the hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay.
In the times earlier than the Super Bowl, there was additionally a minor conflagration at a report that Timberlake could be joined onstage by the late music legend Prince in hologram kind.
It induced offence to Prince followers; to these who recall his nice half-time efficiency in 2007; and to these loath to see one other black physique handed over to a performer who had so famously mishandled one prior to now.
As it occurred, there was no hologram, only a projection of Prince onto a gargantuan scrim because the lights turned purple, and an inoffensive duet of I Would Die four U.
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