It’s a big week for the NFL! Not only did fans swarm to social media to converse about Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s new relationship, but Usher also announced that he will be headlining the Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show taking place Feb. 11, 2024 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The announcement came Sept. 24 when Usher and Apple Music posted on Instagram a series of videos of Usher receiving calls from people telling him that he is playing the Super Bowl. The cameos included Kim Kardashian, Deion Sanders, Marshawn Lynch, Odell Beckham Jr., and Usher from the future. Each phone call, the artist follows a script of being in denial, shock, and awe before hanging up on everyone and telling them “I’ll call you back.”
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Following the announcement, Usher released a statement: “It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before.”
Jay-Z followed Usher’s statement, showing support for the “U Got It Bad” singer. “Usher is the ultimate artist and showman. Ever since his debut at the age of 15, he’s been charting his own unique course. Beyond his flawless singing and exceptional choreography, Usher bares his soul,” Beyoncé’s husband stated. “I can’t wait to see the magic.”
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Usher is most well known for his self titled album Usher, which has won 8 Grammys and sold over 80 million records internationally. However, he’s not done creating music as over the weekend, he also announced his next album Coming Home.
The 2024 NFL headliner sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to talk about the announcement and his career’s next steps. “It’s a love letter once again to the legacy of my career. You know I’ve been coming home in a lot of different ways, the choice of music and reconnection to some of the people I’ve worked with from my past and always wanted to work with,” Usher responded when Lowe asked him what the album means to him.
This is Usher’s first time headlining the Super Bowl. He’s only made an appearance on the stage one time before in 2011 to sing “OMG” with the Black Eyed Peas. He will be following Rihanna’s 2023 performance which was the most watched Super Bowl halftime show of all time.
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