Super Bowl LII was a battle of the Northeastern football teams: five-time Super Bowl winners the New England Patriots versus the never–before–Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles. While the underdog Eagles took the win 41–33 in a close game, here’s what else happened on Super Bowl Sunday — besides, you know, football.
Philly’s own Pink performed the “Star Spangled Banner” like a pro, earning comparisons to Whitney Houston’s legendary rendition — a feat that is even more impressive when you learn that she has been suffering from the flu. (You might’ve caught her pop a cough drop out of her mouth before she started singing.)
— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2018
And she has the flu! https://t.co/7IR42UWjXC
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 4, 2018
Best National Anthem since Whitney Houston! #Pink
— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) February 4, 2018
— Dina Sartore-Bodo (@DeeBodes22) February 5, 2018
An honorable mention goes to Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.’s rendition of “America the Beautiful,” which also earned accolades from Twitter.
Pink singing that well with the flu is goals and shout out to my friend @leslieodomjr for a stunning performance. Bravo to both!
— josh groban (@joshgroban) February 4, 2018
Wow! I got Chills watching them Sing America the Beautiful! Pink did a wonderful job as she sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Great Job by All!
— Mr. T (@MrT) February 4, 2018
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 4, 2018
— RenéeEliseGoldsberry (@ReneeGoldsberry) February 4, 2018
— Bianca Doria (@biancadoe) February 4, 2018
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) February 5, 2018
Before heading out to the field for his halftime show, Justin Timberlake posted a photo that showed off his bizarre, mixed-pattern outfit. If you zoom in closely, you’ll notice that the suit he wore was both plaid AND camo, a feat that didn’t seem possible just moments before. (Turns out it was a custom Stella McCartney Menswear piece.)
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 5, 2018
Wearing custom #StellaMenswear, @JTimberlake headlines the #SuperBowl half-time show tonight, making history as the first person to perform three times. The pieces are inspired by the upcoming Autumn Winter 2018 collection. pic.twitter.com/EEFMAYbfqJ
— Stella McCartney (@StellaMcCartney) February 5, 2018
Did Justin Timberlake get dressed at H&M
— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) February 5, 2018
I really am not here for this look.
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) February 5, 2018
Justin Timberlake: Two Super Bowls, two wardrobe malfunctions
— Gwen Ihnat ❄️ (@gwenemarie) February 5, 2018
— Leanne Aguilera (@leanneaguilera) February 5, 2018
In the second quarter, many viewers saw their televisions cut from the game not to a commercial, but to dead air. Considering Super Bowl commercials cost millions of dollars for just 30 seconds of air time, the lengthy blackout was very costly. The bright side: It brought out the best in Twitter comedians.
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) February 5, 2018
Did anyone else just get an ad for the Sopranos finale
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) February 5, 2018
I love the black screen commercial! You have to look real, real deep to see its value 🙄 #SuperBowl
— King Mahan (@jarvis_mahan) February 5, 2018
Ok what just happened? Tv went black! That’s a lot of $$$ #SuperBowl
— Riselda (@Riselda) February 5, 2018
*#SuperBowl feed goes black*
NBC: "What was that? What's going on?"
Random NBC employee: pic.twitter.com/UcWgMOqmX1
— What the Sports (@realwtsports) February 5, 2018
Plenty of people were pleased with Justin Timberlake’s upbeat halftime show, filled with some of his biggest hits (“Sexyback,” “Senorita,” “Mirrors,” and “Rock Your Body,” which he famously performed with Janet Jackson in the 2004 halftime show, leading to “Nipplegate”) along with his new single, “Filthy,” from the just-released Man of the Woods album.
I’m excited for the Half Time show 😊
— Erika Jayne (@erikajayne) February 5, 2018
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) February 5, 2018
And that’s how it’s done …. Mr. @jtimberlake
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 5, 2018
why is Justin Timberlake amazing at literally anything he does. He can just glance at me for 0.05 seconds and i'd be like WOW I LOVE THIS SONG.
— Christina Marie (@BeautyChickee) February 5, 2018
Great halftime show by @jtimberlake! The use of mirrors was really cool performance design.
— Shannon Leigh (@SLTurbeville) February 5, 2018
But other people were not too impressed with the performance, which was definitely dance-heavy and suffered from sound issues.
what on earth is this halftime show
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 5, 2018
What's going on with Justin's audio? #Superbowl
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 5, 2018
I didn't expect it to get Bar Mitzvah-y this quickly
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) February 5, 2018
I have sung more today than Justin Timberlake has during this halftime show. #superbowl
— Caitlin Sweeny (@caitlin_sweeny) February 5, 2018
This sound mix is a DISASTER.
— Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire) February 5, 2018
So we DID get a boob again. #SuperBowl
— Matt Mitovich (@MattMitovich) February 5, 2018
We could have had a better halftime show with Pink reading the menu board at the concession stand. "OMG, did you guys know there's a $30 soda here? Should we go halfsies?"
— Deanna Raybourn (@deannaraybourn) February 5, 2018
Justin Timberlake is a real artist — gifted, disciplined. But his fat ego gets in the way of his litheness, quickness, shrewdness. That was just so surprisingly eh.
— Peggy Noonan (@Peggynoonannyc) February 5, 2018
Justin was fine. He’s still a great dancer, but the whole performance had a lackadaisical, casual, rec room jam band feel to it. We’d crucify a female pop star for something so laissez-faire. #SuperBowl
— Ira Madison III (@ira) February 5, 2018
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) February 5, 2018
Over the weekend, headlines accused JT of trying to bring out a hologram of Prince during the halftime performance in the Purple One’s hometown of Minneapolis. But it turns out that Timberlake’s tribute wasn’t a hologram after all, but rather a projection of the late singer (on what looked like a white bedsheet). Twitter seemed mixed about the prospect, though most people were thrilled by the Mineappolis skyline lit up in purple with Prince’s symbol.
OH GOD NO THE PRINCE HOLOGRAM IS REALLY JUST A PRINCE SHEET REFLECTION #HALFTIMESHOW
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) February 5, 2018
Omg. I just gasped. Prince is furious
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 5, 2018
Thank God they didn't do a Prince hologram. And no chance of a wardrobe malfunction with Prince projected onto a large sheet. Still, nice touch. #superbowlhalftime
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) February 5, 2018
Ghost prince looking cooler than all alive people ever in the world ever
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 5, 2018
Wasn't a hologram, everyone.
— Lÿndsey Parker (@lyndseyparker) February 5, 2018
The best part of JT’s performance was not even his performance. It was the purple lights outside the stadium in ode to Prince.
— Erika Ramirez (@3rika) February 5, 2018
— Nate Roy – RESIST 👏 (@natehoIe) February 5, 2018
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