Tyka Nelson, sister to the late Prince, thinks her brother would be fine with Justin Timberlake using his voice and image during the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The controversial tribute first involved a hologram of Prince, but by showtime, the plan revealed itself as a video projection and a duet of “I Would Die 4 U.”
The beef between the two singers traces back to the release of Timberlake’s iconic 2006 track “SexyBack.” Prince joked that sexy had never left and Timberlake responded with a diss verse in “Give It To Me” in which he said, “Now if sexy never left, then why is everybody on my sh*t? / Don’t hate on me just because you didn’t come up with it.” Accordingly to Nelson, however, the Purple One was not one to hold grudges. “He said what he said and kept it moving,” she explained.
Backlash around the Super Bowl performance stems from an interview with Prince in which he denounced using technology to duet with passed musicians. “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” he said. “Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing…it really is demonic. And I am not a demon.”