Prince, a Minnesota-born icon, died in 2016.
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.”
Here’s the 1998 interview in which Prince said the prospect of digital duets with dead artists was “the most demonic thing imaginable” and “that’ll never happen to me” https://t.co/AidX9zH31G pic.twitter.com/cXUKSMwx7U
— Jessica Lustig (@jessicalustig) February 5, 2018
The Prince tribute would’ve been cool… except Prince specifically said he didn’t want that, right? Even in death, Prince continues to be misunderstood.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 5, 2018
All the people not understanding the backlash behind the Prince thing blowing me. We *know* he was from Minnesota and loved sports. Who doesn’t? Lol this is about Prince not liking JT and not wanting no damn hologram of himself anywhere. Relax.
— Thee Stallionette (@_wildwildWEST) February 5, 2018
Prince hated shit like that. He was about authenticity and that was bad.
— Vote Blue! Take back the US ???? (@deena_imbriano) February 5, 2018
— uknowhatimsayin!?!? (@TeeHaitchGee) February 5, 2018
Not everyone hated the performance. Some people on Twitter were impressed with Timberlake’s tribute.
Thought @jtimberlake’s tribute to Prince was perfect. Didn’t try to be Prince and do too much.
— Ashley Berglund (@hawkeyechik) February 5, 2018
Twitter after they remember that Justin is a ???? performer and there’s nothing to reallyhate on cuz the Prince video appearance was tastefully done and HAD to be done in Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/j5LzfEOLMp
— RosenbergTelevision (@Rosenbergradio) February 5, 2018
That Prince tribute ????????????????
— OtisSection (@OtisSections) February 5, 2018
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.”
Sign up here to get INSIDER’s favorite stories straight to your inbox.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.