LAS VEGAS — Usher emerged at Allegiant Stadium for the Tremendous Bowl LVIII halftime present seated on a throne, joined by a marching band and a trove of Vegas performers — however stayed its heart.
It was a right away affirmation of his place as the best halftime performer: one with timeless, well-known hits, masterful choreography, and a faithful viewers.
He began with “Caught Up,” transferring into “U Do not Should Name,” “Famous person,” and “Love within the Membership.”
Then Alicia Keys joined in entrance of a brilliant purple piano for her tune “If I Ain’t Bought You,” which morphed into “My Boo,” Usher dropping a glove in an obvious tribute to Michael Jackson — notable for a efficiency throughout Black Historical past Month.
“They stated I would not make it,” he instructed the gang, dedicating the set to his “mama.”
Throughout 13 minutes throughout the halftime present, sponsored by Apple Music, Usher introduced out a number of company, together with H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon (for “Flip Down for What,” which turned “Yeah!” — and included a visitor look from Ludacris).
Throughout three a long time, the R&B celebrity had an limitless treasure trove of hits to tug from — and did so with costume modifications, and a rolling efficiency of “OMG” whereas sporting curler skates — at one second, sliding between will.i.am’s legs.
His album “Confessions” ranks amongst one of many best-selling music initiatives of all time and turned 20 this yr; “Burn” turned a straightforward efficiency spotlight.
Over the previous two years, Usher, 45, has made Vegas a house for his distinctive skills, together with his sold-out residency, “Usher: My Approach,” at Dolby Dwell at Park MGM making him the proper decide for Sunday’s recreation.
The eight-time Grammy award winner can also be no stranger to the Tremendous Bowl stage — he made a visitor look with Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am in 2011.
“I obtained an opportunity to see a little bit of what it felt like,” Usher instructed The Related Press in a latest interview. In his first Tremendous Bowl efficiency, he descended from the stadium ceiling to carry out “OMG” in Arlington, Texas.
“Do not take the moments as a right since you solely get 13 of them,” he stated upfront of his 2024 efficiency, referring to the normally allotted 13-minute run time. “The toughest half is making an attempt to determine how you can squeeze all of it in once you even have a big catalog, or a number of information individuals have fun and love.”
No doubt, he found out precisely how you can do exactly that.