Setting the stage for what he calls a “crescendo” in his illustrious 30-year career, Usher will be the first independent artist to headline the Super Bowl halftime show after departing from his previous record label, RCA, to self-release his upcoming album, Coming Home.
In an interview with Apple Music’s Nadeska Alexis, Usher remained tight-lipped about his setlist, acknowledging the challenge of condensing three decades of hits into a 13-minute performance. However, he hinted at potential surprise guest appearances from artists featured on his chart-topping records.
Taking the stage at the Allegiant Stadium as the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers, Usher follows in the footsteps of past halftime show headliners like Rihanna and the star-studded lineup of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent from 2022.
Accompanying Usher’s halftime spectacle will be country legend Reba McEntire singing the national anthem, Post Malone performing “America the Beautiful,” and Andra Day concluding the pre-game concert with “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Usher’s performance is scheduled midway through the Super Bowl, which kicks off at 23:30 UK time (15:30 in Las Vegas). For those unable to catch it live, the NFL typically uploads the entire halftime show to YouTube immediately after its broadcast, and Apple Music subscribers can enjoy it in spatial audio.
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