Usher is set to shine the spotlight on R&B music as he takes the stage for the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show next Sunday. In a Good Morning America interview on Friday, he shared that when planning his show, he considered the challenges faced by artists from the past.
Usher recalled that in previous decades, artists “[had] to, at some point, go through kitchens to even be able to perform for an audience,” he explained. “They had to leave back through that same door. Fearing for their lives as they went to the next state to do the same thing.” He added, “So, I’m coming through the front door with this one.”
The “U Got It Bad” hitmaker will utilize his repertoire as well as compositions by colleagues in the music industry. “I didn’t start where I am now, and I didn’t get there by myself,” Usher pointed out. “So, everybody that has been a part of it, I’m carrying them with me. All of my fans, my loved ones — the people who may have felt like they have been forgotten, they haven’t. I’m carrying you right with me when I walk on that stage that night.”
On Feb. 11, Usher will take the stage during the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime Show presented by Apple Music. This electrifying performance will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas as the Kansas City Chiefs go head-to-head with the San Francisco 49ers.
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Indeed, Usher revealed in September that he would be headlining the Halftime show at the 2024 Super Bowl. “It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before. Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”
Before the big game, the renowned R&B artist will unveil his latest album, titled Coming Home, on February 9th. This release marks his ninth studio album and his first independent venture. Spanning 20 tracks, the project features an impressive lineup of collaborators. These include Latto, Burna Boy, 21 Savage, The-Dream, H.E.R., Summer Walker, and BTS’ Jung Kook.
Usher released another single, titled “Ruin,” on February 2nd, leading up to the release of Coming Home.