Justin Timberlake believes Prince was 'looking down' on him during Super Bowl Halftime performance

Justin Timberlake thinks Prince loved his halftime performance and details how he thinks he honored the musician, but fans say otherwise.

Emily Treadgold

Justin Timberlake paid tribute to Prince during the halftime show. It was fitting since it took place in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis. It started with JT playing Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" on the piano while images of Prince played above. It also showed the stadium and the city turning purple and lighting up into Prince's iconic symbol.

When Justin was on The Tonight Show he told Jimmy Fallon that he felt like Prince would have approved. He said, "I mean, you have to understand: We got the actual real vocal stems from 'I Would Die 4 U.' The actual recording! And then we got uncut footage of his performance of it in Purple Rain. Somehow, some way, by the grace of - probably Prince looking down on us - it synced up. It was like this crazy serendipitous moment ... I just wanted to use the opportunity to do something special for this city, but most of all, for my favorite musician of all time."

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 of musicians.

Justin Timberlake

Prince's fans were quick to remember that Justin Timberlake wasn't always the biggest Prince fan and that the tribute was probably something Prince wouldn't want. Timberlake dissed Prince in the Timbaland song, "Give It To Me" where he sang, "We missed you on the charts last week/Damn, thats right you wasnt there/Now if sexy never left, then why is everybody on my s***? Dont hate on me just because you didnt come up with it."