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SBXLVII Party Recap: Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, & the Younger Knowles

It's a football weekend, but the NFL aren't the only stars in town. Last night's pre Super Bowl shows welcomed  the legendary Stevie Wonder to the stage, and Justin Timberlake performed for the first time in five long years. Celebs from Paul McCartney, to John Legend, to Sofia Vergara showed up, and some performances were touching enough to bring Ravens and 49ers fans together for a few minutes. Well, maybe. 



At the Bud Light Hotel, Stevie Wonder provided the high powered performance one would expect from such an iconic figure. The sultan of the synthesizer along with a massive backing band delivered classics such as "Master Blaster," "Sir Duke," and "Higher Ground," as well as crowd pleasing covers of Parliament's "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" and Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." 


Opening act Gary Clarke Jr. sat in for most of the set, adding some serious spice on the six-string. Janelle Monae took the mic for the closing song, "Superstition" and work the crowd into a state of near ecstasy belting out the lyrics with a range and soul that would make Irma Thomas proud.



The evening's highlight arrived when Wonder began changing the lyrics to "Isn't She Lovely," an ode to his daughter Aisha Morris, now a backup singer with her father. Soon, the musicians on stage were all giggles and smiles as the show detoured into an announcement of Morris' recent engagement. Wonder called the fiancée onto the stage and playfully hazed him for five minutes. Wonder demanded that the suitor ask permission before "taking his baby." Permission was requested, and ultimately granted by both the father-in-law to-be and a roaring crowd. The couple then danced on stage as Wonder serenaded them with "Ribbon in the Sky."



In the audience, NFL vets, Joe Theisman, Kurt Warner, and Shannon Sharpe enjoyed the performance alongside comedians Craig Ferguson and David Koechner.



Bud Light wasn’t the only blue and white brand to throw a party last night. DIRECTV hosted their Super Saturday Night, an event that featured Justin Timberlake, plus surprise guests.



Jay-Z and Timbaland graced the stage with JT in his first performance in nearly five years. Timberlake didn’t disappoint, but the real fun began when Hova himself joined the pop star. The pair performed Timberlake’s new single, “Suit and Tie.” Of course, the crowd was thrilled to see the two Tims join forces again. Timbaland and Timberlake performed “Sexy Back,” together.



Celebrities in the audience spanned the gamut. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell showed up, along with Sofia Vergara and her fiancée Nick Loeb, Will Ferrell, Alec Baldwin, David Arquette, Kate Upton, John Legend, and dozens more enjoyed the show.


Beyonce isn't the only Knowles to steal the spotlight this Super Bowl weekend. Baby sister Solange Knowles deejayed at Audi's late night party. The famous Diplo also did a set, and celebrities to attend included Stacy Keibler, Aaron Paul, Jeremy Renner, Chace Crawford, Josh Hutcherson, and more.  

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