After getting some backlash on Twitter, Justin Timberlake explained why he chose to incorporate a Prince tribute into his Super Bowl halftime show performance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” Sunday night.
“It’s a moment for me, and if I’m being quite honest, it’s because he’s always been the pinnacle of musicianship,” Timberlake said. “And when we decided that the serendipity and synergy [of being] in Minnesota — he’s such a special thing here aside from what he is all over the world. I just felt like I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] of musicians.”
Ultimately, the 37-year-old performer thought the technical aspects of the homage was the most interesting.
“We got the actual vocal stems from ‘I Would Die 4 U’ and the actual recording, and then we got uncut footage from his performance of it in ‘Purple Rain’ and somehow, someway, by the grace of — probably Prince looking down on us — it synced up and it was this crazy, serendipitous moment… and I just wanted to use that opportunity to do something special for this city, but most of all my favorite musician of all time,” he said.