Highly recommend this read to anyone who felt last night's halftime show was "a bit off".
This is how Justin Timberlake lost the Super Bowl
By Chris Richards February 4 at 10:43 PM Email the author
Justin Timberlake performs with Prince projection at Super Bowl
During his performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis, Justin Timberlake sang alongside a projection of Prince. (NFL-NBC)
Do you like me? That’s the latent question throbbing at the center of every Justin Timberlake song, and suddenly the answer is no. His best pop songs always seemed to radiate desire, but it turns out that his music is merely needy — and tonight, headlining a hyper-hyped Super Bowl halftime show, Justin Timberlake sounds needier than ever before.
It’s been a trying 72 hours for J.T. On Friday, he released “Man of the Woods,” the weakest and most savagely reviewed album of his career. On Saturday, rumors zipped across the American bandwidth that he’d be performing inside Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium alongside a hologram of the late Prince — a form of ghoulish duet that Prince himself once called “demonic.”