Grammy-winning artist Usher is set to make history as the first independent artist to headline the Super Bowl halftime show. Reflecting on his journey from a special guest appearance with the Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl XLV in 2011 to becoming the headliner himself, Usher expressed his excitement during a Thursday Apple press conference with this year’s Super Bowl performers.
Recalling the electrifying energy of his previous Super Bowl experience, Usher stated, “So much so that it made me really passionate about eventually getting this moment that I’m getting ready to have.” With a successful Las Vegas residency recently concluded and a new album on the horizon, Usher is poised for a groundbreaking performance.
“This is only the beginning because I launched this album as an independent artist,” he remarked. “I will be, up until this date, the only independent artist who’s ever performed the Super Bowl halftime show. So this is a beginning. This is a new beginning for me.”
With Jay-Z producing the halftime show and Usher bringing his signature style to the stage, anticipation is high for a memorable performance. Reflecting on his time in Las Vegas, Usher expressed gratitude for the opportunity to entertain the world on such a grand stage.
“This has really, really, really given my time here in Las Vegas an incredible button at the end,” Usher remarked.
Joined by pre-game performers Post Malone, Andra Day, and Reba McEntire, Usher is ready to captivate audiences worldwide as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in the highly anticipated game set to be played at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday. Viewers can catch the action live on CBS and stream on Paramount+.