In a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Usher shared his excitement and gratitude for being chosen to headline the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show, scheduled for February 11, 2024, at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The R&B sensation revealed that the news came via a phone call from none other than his close friend and Roc Nation founder, Jay-Z.
“[Jay] said, ‘It’s time, it’s magic time. You know, it’s time for you to have that moment’,” Usher recalled. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He’s like, ‘The Super Bowl’. I’m like, ‘Oh, you ready? Absolutely’.”
Usher believes that this opportunity was destined to happen, considering the incredible journey that led him to this point. His two-year residency in Las Vegas, the legacy of his music, and the vibrant entertainment scene in the City of Lights all played a role in setting the stage for this remarkable performance.
“It’s the City of Lights. You know, it’s always been a place where entertainers go and find love and passion, connection to their fans. So for the Super Bowl to have made its way to Las Vegas while we were in Vegas, having such an amazing two years,” Usher reflected.
This upcoming Super Bowl halftime show will mark Roc Nation’s fifth collaboration with the NFL, following memorable performances by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira (2020), The Weeknd (2021), Dr. Dre and friends (2022), and Rihanna (2023).
Usher shared his excitement about joining the prestigious list of legacy artists from his genre who have graced the Super Bowl stage. He expressed his appreciation for Jay-Z and Roc Nation’s thoughtful efforts in delivering an unforgettable experience to the world.
“I think being able to see performances from artists like Michael Jackson, you know, eventually Prince, and then even more modern-day artists… I was like, ‘Man, at some point I need to get a call with what’s going on now’,” Usher told Lowe. “But I’m really happy that I’m joining that short list of legacy artists from my genre who deserve this moment.”
He added, “And I’m really happy that Jay-Z and also Roc Nation really put thought into making certain that they could bring to the world this kind of experience. It is definitely going to be a moment to remember.”
In addition to this exciting news, Usher will be releasing his new album, ‘Coming Home,’ on the same day as his Super Bowl performance. This album, his first solo full-length project since 2016’s ‘Hard II Love,’ is highly anticipated and will feature 20 tracks, with ‘Good Good’ (feat. Summer Walker and 21 Savage) being the only confirmed track so far.