Justin Timberlake Resurrected Prince to Save the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake showed up for what the NBC crew insistently called “music’s biggest night,” and while the former ‘N Sync-er’s Super Bowl 52 halftime show didn’t exactly enter into the pantheon of all-time great halftime performances.

With the game taking place in Minnesota, speculation swirled about whether JT would pay tribute to the state’s most famous musical son: Prince, who passed away last year. The Mickey Mouse Club vet did not disappoint, whipping out a version of “I Would Die 4 U,” to wild approval, as a gigantic video (not a hologram, at least!) version of the late artist billowed on a curtain behind him.

While the sound quality seemed like it was more “blasting out of blown-out car speakers” than “music’s biggest night,” the show picked up steam as it went on, with a marching band punching up the latter half of the performance. Despite the screaming fans around the stage, however, reports from inside the stadium were decidedly less enthusiastic: 
 Most of Timberlake’s set list contained his own songs, of course, starting with “Filthy” off his less-than-well-received new album, but it also included classics like “SexyBack” and “My Love,” along with Trolls hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Here’s the complete list of songs he performed: 

  • “Filthy”
  • “Rock Your Body”
  • “Señorita” 
  • “Sexy Back”
  • “My Love”
  • “Cry Me A River”
  • “Suit and Tie”
  • “Until The End of Time”
  • “I Would Die 4 U”
  • “Mirrors”
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling”

Did JT earn his keep as the Super Bowl halftime star? Well, considering he got paid nothing to perform, it’s difficult to criticize him too much — and what do you really expect out of a 12-minute show that’s not even the main attraction of the night? 

He could’ve at least shouted out Janet Jackson. Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

Anthony Schneck is an entertainment editor at Thrillist. Follow him @AnthonySchneck.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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