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I’m a sucker for special guest performers during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Truth be told: I only watched the big game for the Halftime Show, and I was STOKED that Usher performed in 2024!
Honestly, that was the best halftime show of the last 20 years. Come at me, I said what I said.
But here’s the thing: the best part of performing on the biggest night of sports is that you get to put on the biggest show you can think of. That means you can all your friends and make it quite the party!
And let’s face it, it’s not just me that loves a special guest. The Halftime Shows that live in infamy all had surprise guests!
Destiny’s Child reunited during Beyonce’s act; 50 Cent quite literally dropped in during the Super Bowl LVI halftime show; and no one can top Rihanna in 2023 with her surprise guest — her second child, Riot Rose.
So, who did Usher cal in to be a Super Bowl guest performers? He confessed early on he had BIG PLANS!
And while the rumors that his protege, Justin Bieber, taking the stage didn’t pain out, a lot of the other stars we hoped would show up made it to the show.
And then some surprises! Check out who showed up!
Ok, first of all, I’m FLOORED Alicia hasn’t been asked to perform the Halftime Show herself by now.
But still, the turf of football’s biggest game isn’t new territory for her. She performed The National Anthem live at Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans over a decade ago.
Then, she returned in 2021 to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” live at Super Bowl LV.
Experience? Check! Killer voice? Check? Duet with Usher? I mean, if you haven’t already started singing the chorus to their 2004 smash “My Boo,” what’s wrong with you?!
Well, that’s exactly what the pair sang on the big stage — and it was magic!
“My Boo” was released in 2004 on Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions. Alicia Keys featured on the track, which stayed at Number 1 in the US for six consecutive weeks.
I’m not even really sure there was a point to having the Halftime at all without these guys!
And what a way to close out the epic show!
Rappers Lil Jon and Ludacris have been at Usher’s side for years, being two of his closest pals in the industry and his best collaborators.
Yeah, I said it!
First, there’s the track ‘Lovers and Friends.’ Released in 2004, the song was Usher’s second collaboration with Lil Jon and Ludacris. While the slow jam doesn’t have much of a place on a Super Bowl playlist, it’s still one of Usher’s best collaborations.
But the best is … YEAH!
When “Yeah” dropped in 2004, it was an instant banger. With Ludacris and Lil Jon hyping things up, Usher’s lead single for his fourth studio album, ‘Confessions’, ended up staying at Number 1 on the charts for 12 consecutive weeks.
And actually, Usher has a track record of surprising audiences with his pals. Just this past November, during Usher’s My Way Las Vegas residency , the superstar brought out Ludacris for a surprise performance of “Yeah”.
Here’s one that you probably didn’t have on your Super Bowl Bingo card!
Usher brought out H.E.R. for his performance of Bad Girl.
You know that iconic guitar riff? Yep, she brought it out!
Honestly, it was iconic.
It also helped Usher take a few minutes to strap on some skates, because he brought the best part of this Vegas act to the biggest stage!
While no official announcement has been made, Usher revealed he’s “absolutely” taking calls from past collaborators and friends about a potential Super Bowl appearance. In fact, he told ET that it’s something he’s been “considering a lot.”
Of course, this is after he teased having Taylor Swift join him on stage. But that’s probably not going to happen… right?
A few weeks later, in his cover story with Vogue, he gave even more insight into which of his friends will likely show up at the Super Bowl with him.
“This night was specifically curated in my mind to have R&B take the main stage,” he explained. “Not just R&B music, but R&B performance, R&B connection, R&B spirit.”
But that’s not all. Usher explained that his show will be larger than life, because he feels like that’s what people need right now.
“People will tune in for a football game, but I hope when they look at that halftime performance, I’m hoping they walk away with something that’s healing them,” he says. “Something that makes them feel hopeful, and not just look at the past, but have hope for the future, and have hope for a different type of future than we’re looking at right now in the present.”
Ok, I know this one is a long shot, namely because their duet is technically one of Justin’s songs.
But c’mon, no matter the status of your Bieber fever, we can all admit that his 2010 track “Somebody to Love” slapped.
Besides, as Bieber’s mentor, Usher is within is right to call in a favor. And when Usher calls, who would be fool enough not to answer.
And the way we hear it, Usher indeed made that call. According to reports, Usher called Justin, man to man, no managers/handlers/producers/etc. , to talk to him about joining him on stage.
Would be PRETTY epic!
“Lil Freak” is a sexy, sophisticated R&B track, elevated to a whole new level with Nicki Minaj dropping bars.
The song doesn’t get enough credit, given that it was the next single to be released after “OMG.”
Despite not being as successful, there’s nothing fans would like to see more than these two reunited on stage again.
Plus, Nicki’s a pro at this. She was one of Madonna’s special guest performers when the Queen of Pop headlined the Super Bowl Halftime in 2012.
Usher’s Guest Performers At Super Bowl Halftime Included Alicia Keys, H.E.R. & … was originally published on The Hollywood Gossip.
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