R&B sensation Usher took center stage during Sunday’s Super Bowl half-time show, delivering a performance packed with hits and surprises. With the assistance of will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and even a pair of roller skates, Usher transformed Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas into a pulsating arena of music and dance.
Before the performance, a humorous disclaimer warned viewers of potential consequences including “singing, dancing, sweating, gyrating, and possible relationship issues.” True to its word, Usher’s set delivered on all fronts.
Dressed in striking all-white attire and surrounded by a cadre of energetic dancers, Usher kicked off the show with his classic hit “Caught Up,” setting the stage for a dynamic performance that showcased both his exceptional dancing skills and extensive musical repertoire.
Acknowledging the challenge of condensing three decades of music into just 13 minutes, Usher masterfully weaved through his catalogue of hits, seamlessly transitioning between club anthems and soulful ballads. Accompanied by acrobats and a massive brass band that spelled out “USHER” on the stadium grounds, the singer effortlessly captivated the audience.
Special guest appearances added to the excitement, with Alicia Keys joining Usher for a heartfelt rendition of their duet “My Boo,” and producer-rapper Jermaine Dupri adding his flair to “Confessions Part II.” The seamless blend of ballads and upbeat tracks allowed Usher to showcase his vocal prowess while keeping the energy high throughout the performance.
A standout moment came when H.E.R. took the stage for a blistering guitar solo during “U Got It Bad,” followed by a costume change that saw Usher donning roller skates for a spirited rendition of “OMG” alongside will.i.am.
While the abundance of guest appearances threatened to overshadow Usher at times, the performance reached its pinnacle with the arrival of Ludacris for a high-energy rendition of “Yeah!”—a fitting conclusion to a show filled with memorable moments.