Super Bowl 2024: Usher pays a tribute to the iconic Michael Jackson during his epic halftime show performance

Usher brought out a slew of surprise celebrity guests during his 15-minute Super Bowl halftime performance, though many fans noticed a subtle tribute to Michael Jackson.

The 45-year-old singer brought out stars like Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, HER, Will.i.am, Lil Jon and Ludacris during his star-studded performance at the big game, which the Kansas City Chiefs won 25-22. over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime.

However, many fans pointed to a moment early in the set where the singer seemingly paid tribute to the late great Michael Jackson.

On Sunday night, Usher chose to incorporate some specific elements of Michael Jackson into his performance, including his use of a single glove, his fancy footwork, and a nod to the Jackson 5 song ‘Can You Feel It’, which he used a track during a moment of his set.

Usher performed with a single white glove in honor of the King of Pop, who often performed with a sole glove himself during his heyday.

The singer also opened up about Jackson’s influence on his set, during a recent interview with the New York Postt.

Usher brought out a slew of surprise guests during his 15-minute Super Bowl halftime performance, though many fans noticed a subtle tribute to Michael Jackson.

Usher brought out a slew of surprise guests during his 15-minute Super Bowl halftime performance, though many fans noticed a subtle tribute to Michael Jackson.

The 45-year-old singer brought out stars like Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, HER, Will.i.am, Lil Jon and Ludacris during his star-studded performance

The 45-year-old singer brought out stars like Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, HER, Will.i.am, Lil Jon and Ludacris during his star-studded performance

However, many fans pointed to a moment early in the set where the singer seemingly paid tribute to the late great Michael Jackson

However, many fans pointed to a moment early in the set where the singer seemingly paid tribute to the late great Michael Jackson

Jackson performed at halftime of the Super Bowl in 1993, which many consider to be one of the best of all time that completely changed how the halftime show was viewed.

‘He absolutely revolutionized the experience like no other. He changed the way people saw the halftime show,’ Usher said.

He added that before Jackson was hired, “it was just kind of hiring, you know, local artists or whatever it might be.” I really respected that.’

Usher added The King of Pop’s 1993 performance ‘became a huge inspiration behind some of the things I chose to do with this show.’

The solo glove became such an iconic part of Jackson’s persona that fans would eventually shell out thousands of dollars for one of his gloves.

Back in 2010, an unspecified buyer shelled out a whopping $190,000 for one of the pop icon’s gloves.

Jackson was just 34 years old at the height of his career when he performed at halftime of Super Bowl XXVII on January 31, 1993.

The show would become one of the most watched events in American television history with an almost unbelievable 133.4 million viewers.

Viewers had mixed reactions to the Jackson tribute, most felt it was just another part of the 13-minute show, some defended the performance online.

‘I just watched the Usher SB performance. As someone who has no relationship to any of his songs, I actually loved the whole show. Really entertaining.

‘I appreciated the nods to MJ, including the single glove and song clip from The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It.” Stellar to me,’ wrote one viewer on X.

Another viewer, Yvonne Welz, said: ‘Usher’s entire Superbowl performance was a tribute to Michael Jackson from the intro to Jackson’s “Can you feel it” to the white glove, the dance moves. Thank you Usher.’

While others felt the tribute set him up for an unfavorable comparison to the late King of Pop.

“Usher is a poor man’s Michael Jackson, white glove and all,” wrote one userwhose sentiment was somewhat widely shared.

'He absolutely revolutionized the experience like no other.  He changed the way people saw the halftime show,' Usher said

‘He absolutely revolutionized the experience like no other. He changed the way people saw the halftime show,’ Usher said

The solo glove became such an iconic part of Jackson's persona that fans would eventually shell out thousands of dollars for one of his gloves.

The solo glove became such an iconic part of Jackson’s persona that fans would eventually shell out thousands of dollars for one of his gloves.

Usher added The King of Pop's 1993 performance 'became a huge inspiration behind some of the things I chose to do with this show'

Usher added The King of Pop’s 1993 performance ‘became a huge inspiration behind some of the things I chose to do with this show’

Usher released his ninth studio album Coming Home on Friday, with one song - Bop - featuring the singer referencing Jackson and other late pop icons.

Usher released his ninth studio album Coming Home on Friday, with one song – Bop – featuring the singer referencing Jackson and other late pop icons.

Usher also took off his shirt at one point, which may have been a tribute to Al Green, in honor of his Greatest Hits album where Green wore a similar outfit

Usher also took off his shirt at one point, which may have been a tribute to Al Green, in honor of his Greatest Hits album where Green wore a similar outfit

Usher also took off his shirt at one point, which may have been a tribute to Al Green, in honor of his Greatest Hits album where Green wore a similar outfit.

Usher released his ninth studio album Coming Home on Friday, with one song – Bop – in which the singer references Jackson and other late pop icons.

When asked about the conversations he had with Jackson before he passed away in 2009, Usher said there was “an admiration of what I do as an entertainer.”

‘He didn’t really say much. Whenever we had conversations they were pretty short but what he did tell me is that he appreciates the fact that I’m a song and dance guy and the fact that it’s not an easy thing to to do,’ Usher added.

‘It was almost like he was telling me to keep it authentic. And I struggle with that because sometimes I absolutely want more support, so I add extra backgrounds and stuff like that, but it actually takes me away from the experience that I want to have with my fans and what I want to offer them,’ he Usher added.