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Usher stuns fans with ‘epic’ Super Bowl halftime show performance

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Usher had his fans cheering “Yeah!” when he headlined the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.

The Grammy-winning singer delivered a suave, nostalgic set that showcased his legacy of R&B-pop hits, including “Caught Up,” “Love in This Club” and “U Got it Bad.” The 13-minute performance also featured appearances from longtime pals and collaborators Alicia Keys, H.E.R., Will.i.am., Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris.

Fans flocked to social media to share their praise for Usher’s performance and captivating showmanship.

“The way those hits upon hits kept on transitioning was a mazzaleen,” @studiopixie wrote on X. “Usher did all that, and still had time to fling on skates 🛼🛼 and show out. Epic 🤪👏🏾🔥#SuperBowl #Usher #UsherBowl.”

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X user @redforjanet used a past clip of an emotional Beyoncé interview to describe her feelings about Usher’s performance. “I’m just so lucky to be a part of this history. It’s probably the most important day of my life,” Beyoncé said in the clip.

“Usher really crammed everything that he possibly could into his set, and that’s why he’ll forever be the king,” @redforjanet added. “Deserved a longer set, but that was amazinggg!”

Usher’s Super Bowl milestone was also a point of pride for some Millennial fans, who grew up listening to the singer in the ’90s and 2000s.

“Gen Z gotta realize this Halftime Show ain’t for them. This is for us millennials! #UsherBowl#SuperBowl,” @TVTalkWithJWalk wrote on X.

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Usher’s romantic duet of “My Boo” with Keys proved to be an immediate crowd-pleaser online.

“I cried at home as I watched the #SuperBowlLVIII to see #Usher performing the #HalftimeShow as he sang “My Boo” with #AliciaKeys!!! My favorite part of #UsherBowl!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️” X user @Bchargoisthear1 wrote. “I screamed nostalgically…👏🥹”

“The nostalgia. The nod to ATL. The full commitment to R&B. The hips. The LIVE vocals. A perfect halftime performance. Idc idc idc #UsherBowl” @kendalljamaal wrote on X.

Usher says Super Bowl halftime performance signals ‘next chapter’ of new album

While chatting to USA TODAY in November for “The Essentials,” Usher said his Super Bowl halftime performance foreshadowed his next musical incarnation with “Coming Home,” his ninth studio album released Friday.

“Vegas has offered an opportunity to celebrate the past and celebrate the records, the No. 1s, the connection to the audience, the entertainment,” Usher said at the time, referring to his Vegas “My Way” residency at Park MGM. “And then the Super Bowl moment offers not only that, but then a segue into the next chapter.”

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The album, which features a mix of slow jams, love-making grooves and get-up-on-your-feet bangers, offers 20 songs of relief for fans and for the R&B star himself.

You’re most comfortable when you’re at home,” Usher told USA TODAY earlier this month. “So coming home to me feels like the safest space that I found, and that is to be comfortable in my skin. You know, the other half is the life that I’ve lived has had me running for so long, had me outside, had me moving around. To slow it down a bit and just come home, and me having perspective and (sharing) perspective is another aspect.”

Usher was inspired by ‘melting pot’ of hometown Atlanta for Super Bowl halftime performance

During a Thursday press conference at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Usher said he conceived the 13-minute performance to be “mindful of my past, celebrating my present, which is here in Las Vegas, and thinking about where we’re headed in the future.”

The “Confessions” singer also attributed the vibe of his halftime show performance to his Atlanta roots, which factored heavily into his two Las Vegas residencies at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Park MGM.

“I’ve been able to bring a great deal of Atlanta and the melting pot it is musically and culturally to Vegas. That’s the source that has been fueling me, so why not show it to the rest of the world if they’re seeing me for the first time?” Usher said. “I thought about things I have created here in Las Vegas – like skating – which I have not done onstage (other than the residency shows). Everybody who heard about my shows in Las Vegas, you’re going to get the best of it.”

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Contributing: Anika Reed and Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY

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