Justin Timberlake used a projection of Prince for his Super Bowl halftime show -- and people are furious

Christopher Polk/ Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake during his Super Bowl 2018 halftime performance.

  • Justin Timberlake performed at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • His set included a song he sang alongside a projection of Prince.
  • This surprised and angered many fans, especially after reports earlier on Sunday said the “Prince hologram” wouldn’t happen.
    Prince, a Minnesota-born icon, died in 2016.
  • During interviews he gave when he was alive, Prince has said he thought gimmicks similar to this were “demonic.”

  • Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show was met with mixed reviews from viewers — especially after his set list included a duet with the late Minnesota-born icon Prince.

    Timberlake sang Prince’s seminal hit “I Would Die 4 U” on stage while a projection of Prince performing the song was played overhead. Though the projected video wasn’t the same reported (and later debunked) hologram that some were expecting, the choice still didn’t sit well with many fans.

    People opposed to the posthumous duet are citing a 1998 interview Prince did with Guitar World. When asked if he would want to perform with a deceased artist using new digital editing technology, Prince called the idea “the most demonic thing imaginable.”

    Not everyone hated the performance. Some people on Twitter were impressed with Timberlake’s tribute.

    And lots of people loved when Minneapolis — the city where the 2018 Super Bowl is being held — appeared lit up in purple lights with Prince’s “Love Symbol.”

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