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Watch: Justin Timberlake's 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Performance
Justin Timberlake held the attention of television audiences worldwide at the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show in Minneapolis, Minn. on Feb. 4.
Timberlake began his performance by singing his new hit "Filthy" in an intimate club environment. Dancing up a flight of stairs to the top of the stage surrounded by more than 66,000 fans, JT launched into "Rock Your Body" and the lively medley continued through more fun hits, dancing, and special guest performers.
Timberlake's tribute to Minneapolis' own Prince, singing "I Would Die 4 U," was both a key sentimental moment and a perfect example of the challenging comparisons Super Bowl halftime performers face being compared with previous years. Prince himself took the halftime challenge in 2007, dazzling the crowd with "Purple Rain" in the rain, and for many, the excitement of last year's Lady Gaga drone-heavy halftime is still intense.
Closing with his GRAMMY-winning composition "Can't Stop That Feeling!" from the soundtrack to the movie Trolls, JT embodied his own many artistic dimensions as he converted yet another generation of youth to the notion that maybe they should be dancing. Social media trolls have had football fun too, piling on what was a superb professional performance of compelling pop-R&B for a television audience of more than 100 million.