Super Bowl 2024 halftime show: Usher almost FALLS OVER in roller skates while zooming around stage and strips off his shirt during star-studded performance with Alicia Keys and H.E.R.
Shepherd stood on stage for the halftime show at Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, entering Allegiant Stadium Las Vegasput the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the San Francisco 49ers.
The 45-year-old R&B put on a huge showcase of his decades of hits, even as fellow music superstar Taylor Swift threatened to steal the spotlight from her celebrity-filled VIP box as she hugged her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, cheered. .
But Usher almost derailed the show when he came out on roller skates and nearly took a tumble as he zoomed around the stage.
The legendary sex symbol – who was joined by stars like Alicia Keys, HER, Lil John and Ludacris – obviously made amends by giving the fans what they wanted and taking off his shirt to show off his impressive abs.
Usher opened the show on a high note with a super short excerpt of his song Caught Up, from his hit 2004 album Confessions, followed by U Don’t Have To Call and his hit Love In This Club.
Usher dug through 30 years of hits when he headlined Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday. He made his debut as a headliner after first joining the show in 2011 with the Black Eyed Peas. He almost derailed the show during a roller skating segment when he took a tumble
He lost his footing trying to zoom under a singer’s legs, causing him to get caught and lose his balance
The legendary sex symbol course corrected by giving the fans what they wanted and taking off his shirt to show off his impressive abs
Alicia Keys was previously reported to be joining Usher, and she did not disappoint
Alicia Keys was previously reported to be joining Usher, and she did not disappoint. The singer appeared in a sizzling red sequin bodysuit to accompany her strumming red piano.
Lil John and Ludacris weren’t far behind when they stepped in to accompany Usher on Yeah!, his 2004 mega-hit, and HER accompanied him with her shredding guitar work.
Usher opened his show in a sumptuous white overcoat draped over his shoulders adorned with silver sequin designs.
Taking the massive stage in the middle of the NFL’s final game of the season, Usher follows in the footsteps of famous bigwigs who have previously headlined the halftime show, including the late Michael Jackson and Prince, as well as current superstars Rihanna, Beyoncé , Madonna, Lady Gaga and Dr. Dre.
Usher told reporters in Las Vegas on Thursday that he wants to incorporate the past, present and future when he hits the stage in Sin City, according to the APwhile paying tribute to the host city – where he had a residency – and Atlanta, where he established himself as a leading force in the music industry.
“It was a challenge to squeeze 30 years into 13 minutes,” Usher said of planning the abbreviated performance, adding that he asked himself: “What songs do people know me from, what songs were a celebration of the whole journey?’
Usher, a mentor to Justin Bieber earlier in the superstar’s career, hinted on Thursday that his show will feature guest appearances from artists he’s worked with in the past, as he said he’s ‘definitely gone through a lot of ideas’ about who he ‘would have gone through this moment with him.
Usher himself was on stage for the halftime show and joined his OMG collaborator will.i.am (and the Black Eyed Peas) on stage in 2011 in Arlington, Texas at Super Bowl XLV, saying that he clearly remembers how wonderful it felt to be in front of that many people and feel the energy.’
“Oddly enough, there was a moment that only I think I remember,” he said Thursday. ‘My hand got caught in the wire that held me 30 feet in the air and I almost missed my first mark. I was like, “Oh my God. Don’t let this malfunction cause me to miss something.”
The hitmaker’s fans will get a chance to see his behind-the-scenes preparations for the Super Bowl as he revealed that cameras for Apple Music followed him to rehearsals and meetings to create the high-profile performance.
The singer appeared in a sizzling red sequin bodysuit to accompany her strumming red piano
Usher faced massive interest from fellow singer Taylor Swift when she cheered on her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce
He opened his show in a sumptuous white overcoat draped over his shoulders adorned with silver sequin designs
‘There was a documentary team that collected all the moments that happened. There are cameras around us at all times,” he shared at an Apple Music press conference on Thursday.
Past performances at the Super Bowl have included Reba McEntire’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, as well as an emotional performance of Post Malone’s America The Beautiful, while Andra Day belted out Lift Every Voice and Sing.
The song, composed in 1900, was more than a century ago as the Black National Anthem.
Usher has released nine studio albums: 1994’s Usher, 1997’s My Way, 2001’s 8701, 2004’s Confessions, 2008’s Here I Stand, 2010’s Raymond v. Raymond, 2012’s Looking 4 Love Myself, 2012’s Looking 4 Love Myself, released this year, 2010, 2012, 2012. Friday.
The Dallas native’s biggest professional success to date, critically and commercially, came 20 years ago with the 2004 album Confessions, which spawned the hits Yeah!, Burn, Confessions Part II and My Boo, which sold more than 10 million units sold domestically.
The album – which featured collaborations with Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Lil Jon – was a big winner at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005, as Usher took home three awards: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (for Yes!) , Best Contemporary R&B Album (for Confessions) and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (for My Boo).
The singer has nine number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 to date with 1998’s Nice & Slow; 2001’s U Got It Bad and U Got It Bad; 2004’s Yeah!, Burn, Confessions Part II and My Boo; 2008’s Love in This Club and 2010’s OMG.
The hitmaker’s fans will get a chance to see his behind-the-scenes preparations for the Super Bowl as he revealed that cameras for Apple Music followed him to rehearsals and meetings to create the high-profile performance. The entertainer (45) was photographed in Las Vegas on Thursday
The eight-time Grammy winner is set to take the stage for Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, which takes place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, pitting the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers.
In his personal life, the R&B staple, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV, has been married twice: to Tameka Foster, 53, from 2007 to 2009; and to Grace Harry from 2015 to 2018.
He is the father of four children: sons Usher ‘Cinco’ Raymond V (16) and Naviyd Ely (15) with Foster; and daughter Sovereign Bo, three, and son Sire Castrello, two, with girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea, 40.
After the halftime show, Usher’s focus will be on his 24-city North American tour titled Past Present Future, which begins on August 20 at Washington DC’s Capital One Arena.
It will conclude on October 29 at the United Center in Chicago. The tour will also make stops in major cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and Toronto.