Super Bowl 2024: Taylor Swift among celebrity highlights, Usher sings with surprise guests at halftime show

Super Bowl 2024: Taylor Swift among celebrity highlights, Usher sings with surprise guests at halftime show

The 34-year-old traveled from Japan, where she played four shows at the Tokyo Dome as part of her Eras Tour, to watch boyfriend Travis Kelce play for the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Swift arrived at Allegiant Stadium wearing an all-black outfit with a red jacket draped over her shoulders, along with actress Blake Lively, rapper Ice Spice and her mother Andrea Swift.

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The Shake It Off singer was seen talking to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, while Kelce’s mother Donna was also sitting in the box and his brother Jason opted for Chiefs-themed tracksuits.

Taylor Swift reacts during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce with Taylor Swift after his team’s Super Bowl LVIII win against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Photo date: Sunday, February 11, 2024. PA Wire.

Swift was filmed hugging and kissing Kelce on the field after the Chiefs became the first Super Bowl winners in 19 years with a 25-22 overtime victory.

Ashley Avignone, from left, Ice Spice, Taylor Swift and Blake Lively talk before the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

American rapper Jay-Z photographed his daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi on the pitch before the match started and he sat next to his wife Beyonce.

American actor and longtime Kansas City Chiefs fan Paul Rudd appeared courtside sporting a mustache, along with his teenage son Jack Rudd, while singer Luke Combs, actor Mark Wahlberg and basketball players LeBron James and Shaquille O’ Neal.

Kelce and the Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, won their third Super Bowl in five years, after winning last year.

Mahomes’ wife Brittany was photographed at the game with their daughter and young son, while American singers Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey also made an appearance.

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Pop star Justin Bieber, who was rumored to be appearing as a guest singer during the halftime show, and his model wife Hailey, were filmed dancing during Usher’s performance.

Before the match began, the camera panned to Swift and Lively, who were hugging and swaying together as American rapper and singer Post Malone performed America The Beautiful.

Country singer Reba McEntire also performed the US national anthem, while Andra Day gave an emotional rendition of Lift Every Voice And Sing.

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Swift’s romance with Kelce has been credited with generating greater global interest in the game.

Last month, photos of the pair kissing went viral as Swift celebrated on the field after the Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-10 at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore to reach the Super Bowl.

The first part

R&B star Usher brought out Alicia Keys, Lil Jon and Ludacris to perform during his blockbuster 2024 Super Bowl halftime show.

The Texas-born musician kicked off his electrifying performance at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas with 2004’s Caught Up as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs faced off.

Alicia Keys and Usher perform during the halftime show REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The halftime show is one of the most anticipated acts in music with star Usher treating fans to a selection of fan favorites from his back catalogue, including Bad Girl, U Got It Bad, Burn and Love In This Club, with a marching band in tow.

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Keys was the first guest to make a surprise appearance to sing a segment of If I Ain’t Got You while wearing a bright red jumpsuit and playing a custom red piano, before hugging Usher for loves you on their 2004 hit My Boo.

After the song, he said: “Look, it’s rare to find people like us, as we’re here celebrating the 20th anniversary of Confessions (the album), I need everyone here to put a hand in the air.”

HER gave a guitar solo during the 13-minute performance, while Jermaine Dupri took the stage to give a brief intro to Confessions and Will.i.am joined in for OMG.

During a performance of U Don’t Have To Call, Usher said: “They said I wouldn’t make it, they said I wouldn’t be here today, but I am.

“Hey mom, we made it, now this, this is for you.”

Usher performs during the halftime show REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The 65,000-seat stadium cheered with enthusiasm when Usher removed his top to reveal only a medallion underneath during the track U Got It Bad, while swinging his hips to the music.

Later, Lil Jon appeared in the crowd singing his hit song Turn Down For What before launching into Yeah! alongside Ludacris – who joined the trio to perform the rap.

They were dressed in matching blue outfits to close the show with a bang.

Throughout the performance, Usher commanded the stage with his choreographed dance moves and outfit changes.

He kicked off the show in an all-white outfit, including a white cape and glove, which later transitioned into a bright blue and black number as he skated down the OMG track.

The 45-year-old revealed that a camera crew had been documenting the experience, from the moment he received the first phone call until he left the stage.

Usher, whose latest album Coming Home was released on Friday, follows in the footsteps of pop star Rihanna, who used her performance in the first half of 2023 to debut her second pregnancy.

The performance marks 30 years since Usher released his self-titled debut album in 1994.

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