WATCH: Justin Timberlake’s Epic Halftime Performance Features Prince Via Projector

Pop singer Justin Timberlake paid homage to the late Prince, as he performed the music legend’s “I Will Die 4 U” in the halftime show of Super Bowl LII.

As a tribute, Prince was projected onto a large screen while the “Mirrors” singer played a piano rendition of the track.

The performance was especially fitting given that Prince was born and lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is where this year’s Super Bowl was held. The area surrounding the football stadium was also lit-up with purple lights during the performance — another nod to the superstar who died last year at 57.

While some praised Timberlake’s show, there was controversy around using Prince’s likeness. Prior to the actual performance, there were reports that Timberlake would use a hologram of Prince — which drew criticism from fans and others. Additionally, some still felt that the Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t appropriate, as many took to Twitter to slam it or make other snarky comments:

Watch above, via NBC.

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