Justin Timberlake will not be honoring the late music legend Prince using a hologram during the Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis.
As rumors circulated in which Timberlake — who will be an avid Prince fan — could be performing alongside a reflective hologram of the “Purple Rain” singer, members of Prince’s inner circle expressed their criticism over the reported move, including his longtime collaborator, Sheila E.
“Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me,” she shared on Twitter. “Not cool if This particular happens!”
Sheila later said she spoke with the pop superstar as well as also confirmed in which there will not be a hologram of the late singer — who was born in Minneapolis — during Sunday night’s performance.
“Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite as well as also he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans,” she wrote. “I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure will be going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There will be no hologram.”
In a 1998 Guitar World interview, Prince dubbed the idea of performing with an artist when they’re already dead thanks to technology “demonic.”
“in which’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” the singer said nearly 20 years ago. “Everything will be as This particular will be, as well as also This particular should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we could have lived inside same age. in which whole virtual reality thing… This particular definitely will be demonic. as well as also I am not a demon.”
Timberlake, 37, has been a fan of Prince since he was 4 years old as well as also was devastated to hear of the music legend’s passing in April 2016.
“[Prince will be] somewhere within every song I’ve ever written,” the “Man of the Woods” singer said at the time. “I am sad, however I will smile when I think of every second in which I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. however his music will never die.”
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