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Timberlake honors Prince in Super Bowl halftime show

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Ray Downs
Justin Timberlake performs the halftime show at Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Justin Timberlake performs the halftime show at Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Justin Timberlake honored Prince during his Super Bowl halftime show Sunday in Minneapolis and avoided any controversies while playing several of his best-known hits.

Timberlake began the show with a rendition of "Filthy" from his new album, Man of the Woods. He then performed snippets of other hits, including "Senorita," "SexyBack," "My Love," "Cry Me a River," "Suit & Tie," "Until the End of Time," "Mirrors" and "Can't Stop the Feeling."

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The highlight of the performance came when Timberlake honored Minneapolis native Prince, who died in his hometown in April 2016. Timberlake performed Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" off his legendary album, Purple Rain, as an image of Prince was projected onto a screen in the background.

During the performance, an aerial shot showed U.S. Bank Stadium was covered in purple light.

According to reports, producers of the halftime show originally planned to have a hologram of Prince projected onto the stage with Timberlake. But Prince had said in a previous interview that he wouldn't want a hologram of his image to be used in a performance and the idea was scrapped.

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