As anticipation builds for Super Bowl LVIII, singer Usher is gearing up to headline the Apple Music Halftime Show, promising a performance that transcends entertainment to become a healing experience. The R&B icon shared his aspirations for the show and reflected on his remarkable musical journey.

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In a recent chat with Vogue, Usher, who was announced as the headliner last September, expressed his desire for viewers to walk away from the halftime performance with a sense of healing and hope. “I’m hoping they walk away with something that’s healing them, something that makes them feel hopeful,” he stated. The Grammy winner aims to inspire not just a reflection on the past but also a sense of optimism for the future.

The choice of Usher as the headliner for this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show is particularly fitting as the game will be held in Las Vegas, where Usher had an extended residency at the MGM from July 2022 to December 2023.


As he prepares for this monumental performance, Usher acknowledges the challenges and the significance of the moment. Reflecting on his journey, he shared a moment before taking the stage, where he looks out and remembers the times when the venue was empty and the road seemed tough. “I see them having a great time, and I’m like, ‘Here it is — honor that moment. Now go have a good time,'” he revealed.

Building on the success of Rihanna’s groundbreaking performance while pregnant in 2023, Usher is set to join the ranks of elite performers who have graced the Super Bowl Halftime Show stage. He emphasizes that his 13 minutes onstage must be perfect, marking three decades in the industry.

The “Yeah” singer teased elements of his performance, promising fans the signature killer choreography they’ve come to expect along with skating and musical surprises. Usher envisions the night as a celebration of R&B, not just in terms of music but also in performance, connection, and spirit.

Acknowledging his inspirations, Usher draws on the legacy of legendary Vegas showmen like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. However, he also pays homage to trailblazers who paved the way for Black performers like him, such as Michael Jackson and Prince. Reflecting on their sacrifices, he expresses his joy and the responsibility he feels to bring energy, love, and connection to the world.

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