Justin Timberlake Dedicates Netflix Concert Special to Prince
We’re only two days away from the Netflix premiere of Justin Timberlake’s concert special, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, and it’s already got a huge reputation to live up to.
Timberlake revealed to E!Online that he’s decided to dedicate the special to the late Prince. “His influence, and I have this in common with I think every musician of my generation and the generations to come, his influence is all over everyone’s music and there’s so much that I feel like I’ve maybe consciously and unconsciously borrowed from him that it felt…right,” he said. “It just feels right to dedicate the film to him.”
Even the film’s director Jonathan Demme agrees, saying, “The film’s been blessed with that name and that spirit,” he said.
Timberlake’s been very honest about how the late legend has always been an inspiration to him, even penning a heartfelt post following Prince’s death. “I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company,” he wrote. “We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES…”
It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. “Mommy, who is that singing?” Seems weird but it’s true. More than a “once in a lifetime” artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I’m still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don’t meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES… #RIPPrince
The film, which captures the final show of J.T.’s 20/20 Experience World Tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, begins streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, October 11, 2016.