Highlights Usher Super Bowl Halftime Show
Usher's Super Bowl LVIII halftime show was a hit, with a flashy performance that included surprise appearances and a 11-song medley.
Usher's Super Bowl LVIII halftime show was the biggest star of the night, despite the fierce showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. The 45-year-old artist, who recently released his ninth studio album, "Coming Home," delivered an epic performance that reaffirmed his status as the King of R&B after 30 years in the music industry.
Usher's flashy performance included many surprises, such as dancing on roller skates, a marching band that spelled out his name, and surprise appearances from collaborators like Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, will.i.am, and H.E.R. The singer acknowledged the challenge of encapsulating his career in just 13 minutes on the Super Bowl halftime show stage, but he drew on the broad range of his discography by performing an extensive medley consisting of 11 songs.
The performance opened with Usher dancing on the field with an ensemble of acrobatic dancers while singing his 2004 hit, "Caught Up," before transitioning into his song "U Don't Have to Call." He then moved to the stage to sing "Superstar" before breaking into his dance anthem, "Love in This Club," which he performed while doing the moonwalk. He also performed a duet of "My Boo" with Alicia Keys, sang beloved tracks like "Confessions," "Burn," and "U Got It Bad," and closed out the show with a rousing performance of "Yeah!" alongside Ludacris and Lil Jon.
Usher also incorporated guest performers such as Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, H.E.R., will.i.am, Ludacris, and Lil Jon, showcasing the wealth of collaborations he's had over the course of his long career. The singer made several outfit changes throughout the performance, including a white bejeweled suit by Dolce & Gabbana, a glittery black and royal blue Off-White motocross outfit adorned with 340,000 crystals, and a pair of custom chrome Air Jordan 4s by the Shoe Surgeon.
The online response to Usher's performance was overwhelmingly positive, with fans and critics alike praising the singer's electrifying showmanship. Hunter Harris aptly summed up what many were feeling, tweeting that "we are all Keke Palmer tonight," in reference to the viral moment that took place this summer when Palmer was filmed enjoying herself at Usher's Las Vegas residency. Music critic Lindsay Zoladz also applauded the performance on Twitter, with the sentiment: "That's entertainment!" Actor Danny DeVito took to Twitter to give Usher his flowers, offering the best review of the night.