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Usher Delivers Energetic Half-Time Show at Super Bowl, Joined by Star-Studded Lineup

R&B sensation Usher took center stage at Sunday’s Super Bowl half-time show in Las Vegas, delivering a high-energy performance with a star-studded ensemble that included, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and a surprising addition – a pair of roller skates.

A pre-performance disclaimer jokingly warned viewers of potential side effects such as “singing, dancing, sweating, gyrating, and possible relationship issues,” and the show indeed lived up to the playful anticipation.

Dressed in all-white and surrounded by a vibrant group of dancers, Usher kicked off the spectacle with his hit song “Caught Up.” The 45-year-old singer seamlessly showcased his dance moves and extensive catalog, making the most of the limited 13-minute time frame, acknowledging the challenge of compressing 30 years of hits.

Reuters Usher performs during the halftime show

The dynamic set featured acrobats, a massive brass band spelling out “USHER,” and a seamless transition between Usher’s club anthems and soulful ballads. Collaborating with Alicia Keys, the duo performed a heartfelt rendition of “My Boo,” evoking a sense of nostalgia for their 2004 hit.

As the performance gained momentum, guest appearances continued, including Jermaine Dupri and H.E.R., who wowed the audience with a guitar solo. A costume change introduced for their collaboration “OMG,” featuring Usher’s viral roller-skating sequence from his recent Vegas residency.

Getty Images US singer H.E.R. performs during Apple Music halftime show of Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 11, 2024

Despite the flawless execution, the abundance of cameos in the second half of the show led to a slightly crowded stage. However, the performance reached its pinnacle when Ludacris joined for an electrifying rendition of “Yeah!” – Usher’s career-defining hit.

Notable attendees in the audience included Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Paul Rudd, and former basketball players LeBron and Shaquille O’Neal, adding to the star-studded atmosphere of the event.

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