Justin Timberlake was the only act on the 2018 Super Bowl LII halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 4. Rumor had been that his 2004 Super Bowl singing partner Janet Jackson would make a surprise appearance but that was not to be. Bet that made the NBC censors happy as they would have feared another “wardrobe malfunction.”
Timberlake took to the stage in the middle of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for a 15-minute show at about 5:15 p.m. PT/ 8:15 p.m. ET. That marked the halfway mark of Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.
His set list of seven songs kicked off with the hit single “Filthy” from his new album, “Man of the Woods,” which was released on Feb. 2. He segued into a medley of the biggest hits of his solo career. Accompanied by a marching band, he then performed an elaborate routine to “Suit & Tie” from “The 20/20 Experience.”
Taking his place at the piano, Timberlake then sang “Until the End of Time” and Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U.” Prince, a Minneapolis native who died in 2016, was seen on a huge screen performing “Purple Rain” during his rain-soaked Super Bowl XLI concert in 2007. He concluded his energetic mini-concert with “Mirrors” and then his Oscar-nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the animated film “Trolls.”
He didn’t do even a chorus or two of the top-charting songs that he sang as part of ‘N Sync. That boy band was part of the line-up on the Super Bowl XXXV show in 2001 alongside Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Nelly and Britney Spears.