Disliked the halftime show? Cry me a river

By Joe Thornton, reporter.

Those watching the Super Bowl for the commercials and halftime show this year had Justin Timberlake to look forward to. I was ecstatic when I heard Timberlake was getting the limelight in Minneapolis, but it seems I am in the minority. After his performance, Timberlake received a ton of flak for various reasons, but I don’t understand where all the JT haters came from.

Every article I’ve read about the 14-minute set seems like a biased hack job. This is a performer on the cusp of 40 years old who is still singing, dancing and bringing the energy to a sold-out crowd.

Even with Timberlake’s brand-new album “Man of the Woods” releasing only days prior to the performance, he played just one song from this latest release. While many artists would force-feed their newest releases down the throats of an international audience, Timberlake instead gave the public his top hits, letting us celebrate his music and its transcendence of time.

Regardless, viewers were left unimpressed.

“Bruno was better.”

“Beyoncé was better.”

While both are amazing performers, they can’t perform every single year. Get over it. Also, Timberlake didn’t try to bring on additional performers to add to his set like those two. The closest he got to a guest performance was… Prince.

Ah, Prince. This was a point that was heavily discussed prior to Timberlake’s performance. Amid rumors of Timberlake doing a Prince tribute, the public was furious. Absolutely livid. Speculations led people to believe Timberlake and Prince actively disliked one another, so why is he doing a Prince tribute?

In addition, many feared that a Prince hologram would be utilized like we’ve seen in past performers, the most recent being Michael Jackson’s hologram appearance at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014. In Prince’s lifetime he was vocal about his distaste for hologram performances, stating they are “demonic,” so the idea of Timberlake using one was not well received.

Timberlake shot down all rumors about holograms but cut it pretty close by performing with a large screen projection of Prince.

Wait, what? I thought he didn’t like this guy.

The most recent evidence of a feud between JT and Prince was in 2007, more than 10 years ago, yet people discuss this like they each wrote an entire album titled “I HATE TIMBERLAKE” and the album in response, “I HATE PRINCE”.

Let’s give Justin the benefit of the doubt. Maybe, just maybe, he’s let bygones be bygones after a decade and wants to honor Prince’s legacy in his hometown.


Timberlake is getting the last laugh and capitalizing off Prince’s good name to spice up his own performance.

Which seems more logical? It’s up to you to decide.

Setting the Prince tribute entirely aside, Timberlake did a good job in his performance. I wouldn’t say great, but good. He could have been great had there been an NSYNC reunion, but alas. While rewatching the performance, I can’t see how one could have such an avid disdain for the performance. I found the choreography, melodies and instrumental complexity to be captivating.

With a setlist like this, it baffles me to say people were left displeased:

Rock Your Body
My Love
Suit & Tie
Until the End of Time
I Would Die 4 U (Prince tribute)
Can’t Stop the Feeling!

What did you think of the halftime performance? Were you disappointed, elated or somewhere in the middle? Let us know on Twitter @deltacollegiate.  

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