EThe hype for Super Bowl LVIII is growing as fans prepare to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers go head-to-head. But there’s one particular Super Bowl halftime show that’s also got everyone talking, as music icon Usher (born Usher Raymond IV) is set to entertain the crowd at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With the highly anticipated performance upon us, there are two questions on people’s minds: What is Usher’s Super Bowl set list and who are Usher’s Super Bowl guests? As for the latter, it’s a long-standing tradition for star performers to invite songs from other musicians.
In 2020, joint performers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were joined by Bad Bunny and J Balvin. In 2016, Coldplay invited Beyoncé to join them on stage, while Britney Spears famously appeared when Aerosmith and NSYNC shared the opening set in 2001. And, of course, Usher was a guest himself special in 2011, when The Black Eyed Peas had him join them for their halftime show.
There are some performers who choose to enjoy the solo moment. In 2023, Rihanna stood alone, albeit with a bevy of backup dancers and her newly revealed baby bump, as she belted out her hits. However, people are convinced that Usher has plans to join the guests of honor on stage, and the musician himself has said that he has given serious consideration to who he should share his moment with and which songs he should sing from his back catalogue. wide. Read on for what we know.
What is the set list for Usher’s Super Bowl Halftime Show?
Speculation abounds as to which songs Usher has chosen for his all-important halftime performance. The first half show usually lasts 13 minutes. However, the 45-year-old musician reportedly managed to stretch his time to 15 minutes, giving fans two extra minutes of enjoyment and himself extra time to fill.
People have been flooding social media over the past few days, sharing their predictions and requests of what Usher could sing, prompting one fan to admit that they were “a little shocked” from the whole setlist debate. “It’s the Super Bowl. We know how that goes. We hope to have a balance and a few surprises,” they reasoned on X (ex-Twitter). Many fans have wondered if Usher’s set list from his Las Vegas residency at MGM Park will somehow be reflected.
“Usher will perform ‘OMG,’ ‘Yes!’ ‘You Shouldn’t Call ‘Caught Up’ and ‘My Way,’” said one self-assured fan.Songs I know Usher will NOT perform: “I need a girl”, “Same girl”, “Daddy’s house” with the verse Plies and “Love in the club”, another social media user said. “He’ll be performing: ‘Okay, Okay’, ‘Yes!’, ‘OMG’ and ‘DJ Got Us Fall’ In Love’.”
There’s also an ongoing debate over whether Usher should include his 2010 hit “OMG” on the setlist. “Usher better not perform Oh my God [on] On Sunday”, one fan wrote. While another commented, via an X post which has so far been viewed over 2.6 million times and received 80,000 likes, “I didn’t realize so many people hated ‘OMG’ by Usher.” They went on to admit that they love dancing to the seemingly divisive track.
Meanwhile, fans are able to share their prediction lists by heading over to a website titled Usher Setlist, which allows users to build a card naming all the songs they think the R&B legend will perform. .
In an interview with Apple Music, Usher addressed fan theories floating around the internet. “There have been these fantasy lists and people trying to figure out what song I’m going to perform first, middle and last, and who’s going to be on stage with me,” he said. “I was very conscious of my past, celebrating my presence that is here in Las Vegas [in my residency], and thinking about where we are going in the future.” Usher went on to hint that he might even incorporate skating into his halftime show — something he’s been known to do at his Las Vegas residency.
Who are Usher’s special guest performers for the Super Bowl halftime show?
Alicia Keys is a strong favorite to make an appearance with Usher during his February 11 set. TMZ has reported that the singer has been confirmed for this show, but neither Keys nor Usher have commented on this. The pair famously collaborated back in 2004 for their hit song “My Boo,” so it’s not too far-fetched to think they could share the stage together at the Super Bowl.
Another name that gets shared a lot is Justin Bieber. The Canadian pop star has a special relationship with Usher, who helped him in the early stages of his career. Usher appeared on Bieber’s 2010 single “Somebody to Love,” which many fans are eager to see the duo perform once more. For some, it’s already known that the pair will be reuniting for the first half show. “I can not wait Usher and Justin Bieber to perform “Somebody to Love” in the Super Bowl”, wrote a convinced fan.
Beyoncé is another possible guest star, as she appeared on Usher’s 2008 single “Love in This Club Part II” alongside Lil Wayne. Usher has also said he would be a fool not to perform his 2004 hit “Yeah!” featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris—two other possible special guests.