The 37-year-old singer gave an interview to his best friend Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show after the game on Sunday (February 4) live from Minneapolis, Minn.
“It’s a moment for me if I’m being quite honest because he’s always been the pinnacle of musicianship for me and when we decided… the serendipity and synergy that we would be in Minneapolis and that he’s such a special thing here, aside from what he is all over the world, I just felt I wanted to do something for this city and for him that would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT [greatest of all time] of musicians,” Justin said.
“And also, I’m not gonna lie to you guys because Questlove is the encyclopedia on music, but I feel like a gatekeeper on Prince, so if I got the thumbs up from Quest, I’m good,” Justin added, searching for approval from the music producer. Questlove said that the moment was “dope.”
Justin continued, “You’ve got to understand, we got the actual real vocal stems from ‘I Would Die 4 U.’ The actual recording. And then we got uncut footage of him performing it in Purple Rain and somehow, someway, by the Grace of – probably Prince looking down on us – it synced up. It was like this crazy serendipitous moment.”
Make sure to watch the full video of the halftime show if you missed it!
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