Monday, February 26, 2024

Usher’s Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present May Be the Greatest in Historical past

It was agreed upon earlier than the present was over: Usher‘s halftime efficiency was among the finest — if not the very best — in Tremendous Bowl historical past (…apart from Prince, clearly*).

Some extremely misguided folks had their doubts when the multi-platinum, eight-time Grammy winner was introduced because the halftime artist for America’s greatest soccer occasion, although he was coming off a sold-out Las Vegas residency. However Usher went on to show himself as a historic R&B icon. (The person additionally has the flexibility to rework a easy front room right into a sauna. That “Let It Burn”?)

However it wasn’t simply the star-powered appearances from Lil’ Jon and Ludacris for “Yeah!” or Alicia Keys for “My Boo” that made the present such a singular Tremendous Bowl efficiency: Usher truly gave the impression to be…singing? The place most artists go for lip-syncing, Usher seemed to be utilizing stay vocals for almost all of the present. Certain, a pal commented, “he would sound higher if he wasn’t” — however that is some welcome authenticity in an usually copped-out efficiency.

Usher started on the sphere with “My Method,” shifting into “Caught Up,” the fifth single from his 2004 album Confessions, a Grammy winner. It was nearly an homage to Michael Jackson — with the white go well with and gloves, the moonwalking. Then there was “Love in This Membership,” a wash of nostalgia. After “U Do not Need to Name” and “Tremendous Star,” issues began heating up with “If I Ain’t Bought You” and “My Boo,” when none apart from the bubbling Alicia Keys was unfurled from a crimson scarf, singing at a crimson, mermaid-tail piano. After that embrace with Usher, Swizz Beatz have to be quaking.

click on to enlarge Usher and H.E.R. standing back to back

Usher and H.E.R. carry out onstage throughout the Apple Music Tremendous Bowl LVIII Halftime Present.

Photograph by Ezra Shaw/Getty Pictures

Then there was “Let It Burn,” the spotlight of the present — and never simply because when he took his shirt off, virtually everybody within the room misplaced their minds. There was Usher, dancing on curler skates in an outfit evoking an R&B Energy Ranger in extraordinarily costly Nikes. It is truthfully one thing you by no means thought you’d see this 12 months, however it’s as welcome as an oasis within the desert or a joint after a hangover.

It appeared prefer it could not get higher till you heard the simply identifiable voice of Lil Jon, as a result of who else might yell “Flip down for what?” with out getting punched within the face? After all, we had been anticipating the inimitable rapper to point out up, as a result of who would count on Usher to carry out the Tremendous Bowl with out singing “Yeah!”? After which fucking Ludacris comes out in soccer pads. That is when my pal, who truly was on the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake Tremendous Bowl halftime present, declared: “That is the very best halftime present I’ve seen.”

Fortunately, it will not be lengthy earlier than we see extra from Usher. The heartthrob, who launched his album Coming Dwelling the identical day as his Tremendous Bowl efficiency, is taking off on tour this summer time. The tour will cease in Miami for a three-night stint at the Kaseya Middle on October 11, 12, and 14.

*As many readers have identified, Prince’s efficiency on the 2007 halftime present throughout Tremendous Bowl XLI in Miami was absolutely the high, however we had been too overcome by the rollerskates to recall for a second.

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