With the 2019 Super Bowl right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to flashback to the 2018 Super Bowl featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and… yep.. those same New England Patriots. The game aside, there was plenty of excitement on and off the field. There was Pink’s national anthem performance, Justin Timberlake’s halftime show and, of course, commercials galore.
Here’s a quick reminder of which moments went viral from Super Bowl LII.
PINK’S NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMANCE
Before the Eagles and the Patriots faced off, Pink took the field at U.S. Bank Stadium to sing the national anthem. The “Beautiful Trauma” singer didn’t let the cold in Minneapolis stop her from belting out the lyrics. However, the artist received bit of backlash after viewers thought she spit out gum during the patriotic performance. Pink clapped back at her haters and tweeted that she spit out a throat lozenge—the singer had been battling the flu before the big game. Still, Pink didn’t let any trolls bring her down. She tweeted a sweet photo of her and her daughter Willow and thanked her loyal fans for their support.
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From a super-hero-packed sneak peek of “Avengers: Infinity War” to a thrilling teaser for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” there were tons of trailers to get movie buffs excited about upcoming films. Perhaps one of the most surprising trailers, however, was Netflix’s teaser for “The Cloverfield Paradox,” which the streaming company released directly after the game.
There were plenty of funny commercials throughout the big game, too. From and Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. choreographed “Dirty Dancing” routine (complete with a Patrick Swayze lift), to Morgan Freeman and “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage promoting Doritos and Mountain Dew by lip-syncing to Missy Elliot.
There were a ton of celebrity cameos in other ads, too. Chris Pratt bared his abs in an ad for Michelob Ultra and Tiffany Haddish showed the pains of not shopping local in a spot for Groupon.
PRINCE APPEARS IN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’S HALFTIME SHOW
During the halftime show, Timberlake sang a number of fan favorites, including “Sexy Back,” “Rock Your Body” and “Can’t Stop This Feeling.” At one point, he also projected a video of Prince on a giant banner for his performance of “I Would Die for You.” The move generated mixed reviews, mainly because Prince spoke out against technological performances back in a 1998 during an interview with Guitar World. In fact, he called virtual reality “demonic.” Still, others appreciated the tribute to Prince in his home state.
Timberlake defended the decision in a follow-up interview with Jimmy Fallon.
“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 that, like, the serendipity and synergy that we would be in Minneapolis, and that, you know, he’s such a special thing here, aside from what he is all over the world, um, I just felt I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that, uh, would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT of musicians,” Timberlake told the host.
A VIRAL STAR WAS BORN
Timberlake wasn’t the only one to garner attention during the halftime show. Ryan McKenna went viral after he snapped a selfie with the singer. An image of him looking distracted on this phone also turned into an Internet meme that trended throughout the night.
KEVIN HART TRIES… AND FAILS… TO CELEBRATE WITH EAGLES
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Long before he courted controversy with his hosting gig for the Oscars Kevin Hart found himself trying to join the Eagles on stage to accept the big trophy. However, the comedian was quickly denied, and he started arguing with an official. The entire incident was captured on camera and went viral. Hart got into more Super Bowl shenanigans when he dropped an F-bomb during a live post-game interview with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.