In a thrilling announcement, it has been revealed that the renowned Grammy-winning artist Usher will take the spotlight as the headliner for the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show, slated to take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on February 11th. This exciting collaboration between the NFL, Apple Music, and Roc Nation has garnered significant attention from fans and enthusiasts of both music and football alike.
Usher, an iconic music megastar boasting eight Grammy Awards, expressed his eagerness to perform on one of the grandest stages in the world of entertainment. In a statement, he remarked, It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can hardly stand by to bring the world a show dissimilar to whatever else they’ve seen from me previously.
His journey to superstardom was propelled to new heights with his monumental album “Confessions,” which achieved sales of over 10 million units in the United States alone. This incredible musical masterpiece earned him eight nominations at the 2005 Grammy Awards, of which he secured three. Although Usher missed out on the Album of the Year award, losing to Ray Charles’ posthumous release “Genius Loves Company,” his impact on the music industry was undeniable.
“Confessions” stands as one of the best-selling music of all time, birthing chart-topping hits such as “Yeah” featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon, “Burn” and “Confessions Part II.” The album’s special edition also included the soulful duet “My Boo” performed with the talented Alicia Keys. As we approach the 20th anniversary of this epic album next year, it remains a testament to Usher’s enduring influence on the music landscape.
Currently, He, at the age of 44, is captivating audiences with his “Usher: My Way” residency in Las Vegas. The residency has witnessed sold-out shows and garnered rave reviews, affirming his status as an enduring entertainer. Additionally, Usher is embarking on an eight-night series of performances in Paris, commencing shortly. The Las Vegas residency is set to conclude in early December, paving the way for his highly anticipated appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show just a couple of months later.
Usher’s talents extend beyond the realm of music. He has served as a coach on NBC’s hit television show “The Voice” and graced the silver screen with appearances in notable films such as “Hustlers” and “Light It Up.”
Praising Usher’s exceptional artistry and showmanship, Roc Nation founder Jay-Z labeled him the ultimate “artist and showman.” Reflecting on Usher’s incredible journey since his debut at the tender age of 15 with his eponymous album in 1994, Jay-Z noted that Usher has consistently charted a unique course in the music industry. Over the years, Usher has released eight studio albums filled with chart-topping hits, including classics like “U Got It Bad,” “U Remind Me,” “You Make Me Wanna,” “Nice & Slow,” and the infectious “Love In This Club” featuring Jeezy.
Jay-Z continued to commend Usher for baring his soul in his music, emphasizing the profound impact of his remarkable journey. The anticipation for Usher’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance is palpable, as fans and industry insiders eagerly await the magic he will undoubtedly deliver on this grand stage.
Roc Nation and Emmy-winning producer Jesse Collins will collaborate as co-executive producers of the halftime show, with the experienced Hamish Hamilton returning as director. This marks the second collaboration between the NFL, Apple Music, and Roc Nation, following the memorable performance by Rihanna at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, her first solo event in seven years.
Apple’s Vice President of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Sports, and Beats, Oliver Schusser, expressed pride in the previous collaboration with the NFL and Roc Nation and conveyed excitement for Usher’s upcoming performance. Schusser highlighted Usher’s status as one of the world’s greatest performers and expressed anticipation for another unforgettable halftime show.