“Yeah!” Usher is already planning out his set for next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.
The “OMG” singer sat down with Extra and discussed what could be the most important performance of his career.
“It doesn’t get any bigger,” Usher said about his Super Bowl gig.
He was coy about which songs he plans to perform, but he did offer some hints, “You’re going to get hit records… I do want to play the songs that people obviously recognize and the ones that I celebrate.”
So, that could mean his slow jamz like “U Got It Bad,” “Burn,” “U Remind Me,” or “Nice & Slow.”
Or he could go for his #1 club bangers “OMG” featuring Will.i.am or “Yeah!” with Lil Jon and Ludacris.
The Grammy-winning singer is currently headlining a residency at the Park MGM in Las Vegas.
In September, the NFL announced he’d be performing in the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show.
Usher told Extra once he landed the gig, he got a call from Jay-Z, who told him: “It’s your magic moment. This is it.”
“I was like, ‘That’s a lot of pressure, bro.’ But so many incredible artists that I respect played that stage, whether it was Beyoncé, Prince, you know even recent performances. It’s like, ‘Wow, it’s the most compact 13 minutes of your life,’” Usher said.
In addition to preparing for his big performance, he’s helping to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes.
The singer has partnered with pharmaceutical and healthcare company Sanofi to create the “1 pledge movement” for Type 1 diabetes early detection.
He wanted to learn more about the disease after one of his sons was diagnosed with diabetes.
“I didn’t really understand it because my child was the first in our family to be T1D,” Usher said in the interview.
“It’s a journey that is something that I don’t take lightly for parents who I know will have to kind of live with this, but this is an opportunity for them to be prepared,” he added.
The singer has a lot on his plate, but he says fans can rest assured — he’ll be ready for the Super Bowl.
“The preparation didn’t start within the last two years of performing in Las Vegas,” he explained. “It really started 30 years ago, and my commitment to it and the journey that I’ve taken musically is why I think I’m given that moment.”
The Super Bowl will air from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, on CBS.