Author: Editors Desk, Nick Bond
Source: News Corp Australia Network:
February 12, 2024 at 08:44
R&B singer Usher busted out the hits during an energetic Super Bowl halftime show - and it turns out, he’s got an even bigger day planned.
R&B singer Usher has blitzed the Super Bowl with a hit-filled halftime show.
The 45-year-old singer, who this year marks 30 years since the release of his debut album, packed a lot of hits into his 13-minute set, busting out a lot of nimble dance moves in a succession of costume changes including a glam, all-white outfit, a roller-skating jumpsuit – and yes, some gratuitous shirtlessness.
And shortly after the performance, some suprise musical news from the star: the Daily Mail reports that on February 8, he obtained a marriage license with plans to marry longtime girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea in Vegas after the Super Bowl.
And he was joined by guests including Grammy winner H.E.R., rappers Lil Jon and Ludacris, and R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys throughout the performance – although Keys suffered an unfortunate moment when she hit a bung note in the very first moment of her solo song, the ballad If I Ain’t Got You:
Over the weekend, Usher told reporters during a pre-Super Bowl press conference that he was planning a big show – with some big-name special guests.
“I have definitely went through a lot of ideas of who I would have share this moment with me and I do feel like the people who are gonna share it deserve just as much recognition for what they do in their careers – whether we have collaborated together or rather they’ve had moments of their own,” Usher told reporters in a pre-Super Bowl press conference, as per Page Six.
“There has been these fantasy lists that have been going out, people trying to figure out what song I’m going to perform first, middle, last,” he continued.
“I was very mindful of my past, celebrating my present, which is here in Las Vegas, and thinking about where we’re headed in the future. And that was really the idea.”
Usher’s show threatened to be upstaged by another musical superstar, already in attendance: Taylor Swift, who made a quick dash to Las Vegas after wrapping the Japanese leg of her Eras tour so she could support boyfriend Travis Kelce, playing with the Kansas City Chiefs today.
Swift won’t want to linger too long back in the US: She’s due on stage in Melbourne on Friday night to begin the much-anticipated Aussie leg of the Eras tour.