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Super Bowl 2024: Watch Usher’s halftime show performance


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Usher’s halftime performance was a crowning achievement for the undisputed king of R&B.

Usher hosts the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show in Las Vegas. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

For his decades-long 2024 Super Bowl halftime show, Usher brought a little bit of Atlanta — and a bunch of his A-Town friends — to Las Vegas.

After an entertaining first half between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco in Super Bowl LVIII, Usher took the stage at Allegiant Stadium for a 13-minute tour de force, taking fans through a medley of his greatest success.

Surprisingly, Usher didn’t play a single song from his new album “Coming Home,” released just before Super Bowl LVIII on February 9.

Instead, as producer Jermaine Dupri informed the audience, Usher’s halftime show focused heavily on the 20th anniversary of “Confessions,” the singer’s hit 2004 album .

Wearing a white suit and rhinestone gloves reminiscent of Michael Jackson, Usher performed the King of Pop’s signature dance moves while singing hits like “Caught Up,” “You Don’t Have To Call” and ” Love In This Club.” »

Shortly after, Usher brought in his first big guest of the evening, Alicia Keys. Resplendent in a billowy red cape and seated in front of a matching ornate piano, Keys sang the opening to her hit “If I Ain’t Got You.”

Usher soon joined Keys to perform their 2004 duet “My Boo.” Things were back in full swing as the duo moved around the stage in sparkling outfits.

After an interlude from Dupri, Usher launched into “Burn,” a hit he co-wrote with Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox. Usher was clearly sweating from the effort, which enhanced the effect of the huge video screen of flames beneath his feet.

With the crowd already eating his hand, Usher took it to another level with “U Got It Bad,” slowly peeling back the layers in a striptease that would make Magic Mike proud. Behind him, pop star HER played guitar, marking his first return to the Super Bowl stage since his performance of “America the Beautiful” in 2021.

The star power on display was so abundant that it was easy to miss some of the quicker appearances. Singer William of the Black Eyed Peas, dressed in a “Tron” mask, joined Usher for their hit “OMG,” but was quickly upstaged by Lil Jon, who surfed to the side of the stage while singing his hit ” Turn Down For What.”

In a fitting finale filled with roller-skating and back-flipping backup dancers, Usher was joined by Lil Jon and Ludacris for “Yeah!” the biggest hit of Usher’s career and arguably the most popular song of 2004. As Usher was joined on stage by his many collaborators at halftime, the singer’s status as the king of R&B long time has become abundantly clear.

Usher’s halftime show was arguably a long-awaited showcase for the city of Atlanta. When the city hosted the Super Bowl in 2019, several Black artists reportedly declined invitations to perform in solidarity with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. With Usher, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris kicking A-Town on the world’s biggest stage, ATL represented.





Note: The content and images used in this article is rewritten and sourced from www.boston.com

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