Justin Timberlake Listens to Fans, Pays Tribute to Prince Sans Hologram
A previously planned hologram of the late singer was replaced with video footage projected onto a large screen.
Justin Timberlake made a last-minute alteration to his Super Bowl LII halftime show performance, and it seems to have paid off.
After news leaked the singer would be including a hologram of late icon, Prince, in his show, public reaction was less than positive. Some fans felt it would be against Prince's religious wishes while others were baffled given the performers' reported history.
In the end, Timberlake scrapped the hologram, and opted instead to project video footage of Prince onto a large screen in the middle of the stadium. As Prince, who passed in 2016, sang and danced, Timberlake played piano and sang along on stage.
Sheila E., performing artist and longtime Prince confidante, spoke out on Saturday and confirmed Timberlake would not be including a hologram in the halftime show.
"Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans," she wrote. "I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram."
Despite the last-minute switch-up, some viewers were displeased that Timberlake included Prince in the show at all.
Others felt it an appropriate homage to Prince, who was a Minnesota native.