Pink - National Anthem
Let us start.....at the beginning....Pink!!! Girl had the flu and sang her little heart out for the Super Bowl and her country. The National Anthem is a notoriously hard song to sing. Extreme lows and extreme highs can make the most veteran of vocalists scared to death. Pink has opened for Justin Timberlake when he was with NYSYNC and then again when he went solo, so, it is sorda full circle that she be here as well. I'm 99.9% I am not the only one who tuned in for the anthem and the half time. I hear there was a sport of some kind played in between sets. I'm not all that sure though.
Some trolls gave Pink crap for spitting out her cough drop on camera, 1. I highly doubt she was aware the camera was already on her and 2. It is that or risk needing the Heimlich during the anthem. I think we can all agree she made the proper choice. All that said, girl rocked it and while there was a crack here or there she was awesome and did her country proud!! It's Pink for heaven's sake. Even on her worse day she could out sing basically everyone!!
Rehearsals - Youtube
Much hype surrounded this years half time performer, but then again when is there not hype surrounding that?! This was Timberlake's THIRD opportunity on the half time stage. First as a member of NSYNC they guested with Aerosmith and Brittney Spears. Then, as a solo artist, the infamous nip slip, aka wardrobe malfunction, with Janet Jackson. His camp would later say he had no clue that was going to happen and her camp would say he did. Either way it has gone down in half time history and left everyone wondering if Ms. Jackson would appear as a surprise guest this year, she did not....and the censors rest easy.
I think we all had hopes of surprise guests. NSYNC, Chris Stapleton, Janet, Jimmy Fallon, really we had a solid list of possible collaborators, but Timberlake decided to highlight his back up dancers, BGV and band, "The Tennessee Kids", instead. Personally, I was a little disappointed. I mean, even Beyoncé brought Kelly and Michelle out for a few minutes. Would it have killed you to do a little "Bye Bye Bye" with your fellow boy band members ?!?!
Super Bowl Selfie Kid
My hope and think everyone's expectations were that we would be discussing the awesomeness of this performances to our great great grandchildren for years to come, but IDK that's the performance we got. I do however think we will be talking about the Super Bowl Selfie kid for years to come, sadly. Joker got tickets to a Justin show and a vaca to the ski resort who's shirt he was wearing that night, I mean, it's been a while since a selfie has paid out that good. You usually have to be a Kardashian to get that swag. The meme's were awesome!! I love that most commented on the fact that the kid probably had no clue he was beside a legend and witnessing a piece of Super Bowl history. Later pics published of the kid looking at his phone after the half time and all speculated he was googling who is Justin Timberlake, LOL!!! I mean, I wouldn't laugh it weren't so darn funny....and likely true.
While JT's performance let me down special guest wise, his stamina does nothing but impress me. Brother went from one end of the field to the other, up and down stairs, dance moves, etc. and never once sounded winded. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE!!!??? I am impressed with that if nothing else. I like that JT highlighted his crew, but again, with out any surprise guests, etc. it is hard to feel the show was any different than a normal concert performance. The Super Bowl requires a ta-da kind of performance. Beyonce caused the electricity to go out, Gaga entered from the ceiling, Katy Perry rode a large golden robotic lion into the stadium.....Cold Play brought Bruno Mars and Queen B into their performance (which I secretly think they regretted cause those jokers totally stole the spotlight).
Justin did a tribute to Prince and considering the game was in Prince's home town of Minneapolis it was absolutely appropriate. Many have had negative things to say because clips from "Purple Rain" where played on a curtain while the duo sang and Prince has said in the past that when he is gone, he is gone. He didn't want any hologram tributes in his honor. IDK this falls into the hologram category, but I get what folks were saying. Again, either way, it was a great moment. Timberlake shared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which aired live after the game, that Prince was a huge inspiration and musical hero for him and that was why, when in Prince's home town, he felt it would fit in. I agree, it wouldn't have made sense anywhere else really. Not in the way it was done.
Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon - Post Super Bowl
Justin Timberlake did bring his buddy and current single co-vocalist, Chris Stapleton to his Tonight Show performance after the game. Which I personally was amped for. The two have amazing vocal chemistry and could sing the instructions of a oven manual to me and I'd go to church!! That said, Again, I wish Chris had been apart of the Super Bowl performance. I think everyone would have LOVED it!!
Youtube - The Tonight Show w Jimmy Fallon
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton
"Say Something" fr "Man of the Woods"
When it is all said and done it was a good half time show performance and per usual, Timberlake did not miss a note or dance move. I just think it could have been......bigger....more spectacular. I don't know that any risks were taken with this performance and we have come to expect risks. Hello Lady Gaga being propelled down from the ceiling!!!
What did you think? Who would you like to see at next years half time show?! I have some idea's, but will share those later!! Check back next week for more New Music Monday !!!!