The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers may have had a tough Super Bowl LVIII matchup, but make no mistake about it — the biggest star of the night was Usher, whose rousing halftime performance sent the message that after 30 years in the business, the singer is still the undisputed King of R&B. The 45-year-old artist, who released his ninth studio album, He comes homejust days before the performance, drew on his three-decade career to deliver a performance that reaffirmed that Usher is truly an unparalleled performer.
The singer, who just finished a sold-out 100-show residency in Las Vegas (which was so popular it was extended twice), put on a fantastic performance of epic proportions that included a number of surprises, including Usher dancing on roller skates. , a marching band belting out his name and surprise appearances from collaborators such as Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, will.i.am and HER
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Before the performance, Usher admitted that his extensive body of work and many years in the music industry made it difficult to create a set list that could sum up his career in just 13 minutes on stage at the Super Halftime Show Bowl.
“I was very mindful of my past, celebrating my present, which is here in Las Vegas, and thinking about where we’re going in the future,” he said at an Apple Music press conference leading up to in the performance. “What songs do people know me by? What songs have been a party [my career]? That was the idea.”
Here are highlights from Usher’s Super Bowl LVIII halftime show.
What songs did Usher perform?
Usher drew on the wide range of his discography by performing an extensive medley consisting of 11 songs. He opened the show by dancing on the court with an ensemble of acrobatic dancers as he sang his 2004 hit, “Caught Up,” before moving into his own “U Don’t Have to Call.” Later, when he moved to the stage, he sang “Superstar” before launching into his dance anthem, “Love in This Club,” which he performed while doing the moonwalk. He followed that with a duet of “My Boo” with Alicia Keys, before moving into the ballad section of the performance, where he sang beloved songs like “Confessions,” “Burn” and “U Got It Bad.” Singer HER, who has a song, “Risk It All,” with Usher featured on his new album, He comes home, performed a guitar solo during the performance of “Bad Girl,” while will.i.am appeared to sing “OMG.” Usher closed out his standout show with a rousing performance of “Yeah!” alongside longtime collaborators Ludacris and Lil Jon.
Who did Usher bring out during the halftime show?
When it came to guest performers, Usher drew on the wealth of collaborations he’s had over his long career. His first guest performer of the night was Alicia Keys, who appeared on stage in a glittering all-red ensemble, playing a grand red piano and singing her 2003 hit, “If I Ain’ t Got You,” before teaming up with Usher for a romantic duet of “My Boo.” Later, Usher’s longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri made a cameo, before HER performed a guitar solo on “U Got It Bad” and “Bad Girl.” Rapper will.i.am joined Usher on stage for an unforgettable performance of “OMG,” which ended with Usher skating through will.i.am’s legs. The final guest acts of the night were Ludacris and Lil Jon, two Atlanta legends, who appeared and appeared for a triumphant rendition of “Yeah!”
What did Usher wear during his performance?
While Usher donned a bejeweled white suit by Dolce & Gabbana to start the performance, he later shed the outfit, piece by piece, as he performed his song “U Got It Bad” shirtless, much to the delight of many in attendance. in Super. Arena bowl and home audience. For his second outfit of the night, Usher donned a shimmering black and royal blue motocross outfit adorned with 340,000 crystals, which he wore to dance while skating, before changing into a pair of chrome Air Jordan 4s by the Shoe Surgeon. .
How did fans respond to his performance online?
Online, fans watching Usher’s performance were enthralled by the performance. Writer Hunter Harris, who profiled Usher, aptly summed up what many were feeling, tweeting that “we’re all Keke Palmer tonight,” referring to the viral moment that happened this summer when Palmer was filmed enjoying herself in Usher’s Las Vegas residence.
Music critic Lindsay Zoladz applauded the performance on Twitter, with the sentiment: “This is fun!”
However, the best comment of the night may have come from actor Danny DeVito, who took to Twitter to present Usher with his flowers.