Usher Dazzles With Dance Moves and Hit Songs in Star-Studded Super Bowl Halftime Show

Usher performed in the Super Bowl halftime show in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 (Credit: Twitter/NFL)

Usher wowed the audience in Allegiant Stadium and the millions watching at home on Sunday, with his high-octane performance in the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII halftime show — complete with slick dance moves, multiple outfit changes, and a slew of celebrity guests. 

The 45-year-old artist started off his medley of hits — spanning 30 years — while sitting on a modern-looking throne.

The Jackson State University “Sonic Boom of the South” marching band played in the background as the Grammy-winning singer rose to his feet and sang.

Usher’s first song in the set was a snippet of his 1997 single “My Way,” before he segued into “Caught Up” — with acrobats, stilt walkers and dancers offering a circus-burlesque theme.

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Next, he sang “U Don’t Have to Call” before the HBCU marching band queued up for “Love in This Club.”

Alicia Keys was the first guest Usher invited on stage. The “Girl on Fire” artist wore a red bejeweled cape while playing “If I Ain’t Got You” on the piano before the two teamed up to perform their hit 2004 single “My Boo.” 

Usher continued with “Confessions Part II” alongside Jermaine Dupri, before performing “Burn.” He heated up the stage by ripping off his shirt, and H.E.R. rocked out on guitar solos for both “Burn” and “Bad Girl.”

The most energetic part of the performance then began as Usher rolled around the stage and danced on roller skates, while wearing a bedazzled blue and black outfit, with a black six pack design on front.

Will.i.am joined him to perform their chart-topping club hit “OMG.”

Usher’s next guest performer was Lil Jon, who crowd-surfed while performing his club anthem “Turn Down for What.” 

Ludacris then joined Usher and Lil Jon for the trio’s 2004 single “Yeah!” while pole dancers shimmied nearby in coordinating blue and white outfits.

The “U Got It Bad” singer wrapped up the performance by showing his native ATL love with the “A-Town Stomp” dance, while the marching band spelled out “USHER” in formation.

Prior to his much-anticipated performance, Usher said ,”It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list,” in a statement when the NFL announced in September he would be the halftime headliner.

Super Bowl LVIII featured the Kansas City Chiefs playing the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas. The game aired on CBS and streamed on the Paramount+ platform.

Usher entered Super Bowl weekend by dropping his ninth album, titled Coming Home, on Friday. 

The LP chronicles his journey from being married to being single, and then finding love again.

“I went through an entire world of experience from being a married man to a single man, to having and finding true love myself, and then finding a partner, and then the journey of what that is and what that has become, and is still becoming,” he told Entertainment Weekly in an interview.

Fans can hear the new songs on Coming Home as well as Usher’s other hits when the superstar singer kicks off his North America tour in August.

You can watch the full performance here.