Usher brings out surprise guests during Super Bowl halftime show, including Alicia Keys, Ludacris and more

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Usher brings out surprise guests during Super Bowl halftime show, including Alicia Keys, Ludacris and more

Teamwork makes the dream come true, and no one proved it better than assistant teacher Sunday night! coming home The artist created an undeniable epic Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show Which included intricate choreography, various callbacks to their iconic discography and, most importantly, some guest appearances reminiscent of those days TRL.

Usher showed off his acclaimed showmanship by opening his performance with the classic banger “Caught Up” in an all-white outfit and complete with acrobatics and full Las Vegas glamour.

After launching her hits, “Superstar” and “Love in This Club”, Alicia Keys She came on stage with a custom piano and played her solo song “If I Ain’t Got You” and was joined by the front man before singing the first line of her iconic hit “My Boo”.

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Together, the pair showcased their chemistry in 2004, when the songstress appeared on the chart-topping hit. For her brief appearance on the field, Keys wore an all-red Dolce & Gabbana look. The pair sang the chorus as the crowd walked down the runway.

And the surprises don’t stop there! Jermaine Dupri took the stage for a brief introduction before Usher went into “Confessions” and then “Burn.” H.E.R took the stage to play a brief guitar solo on Usher’s hit “Bad Girl” and joined in and launched the crowd into “OMG.”

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Usher had a homecoming moment when Lil Jon, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri ended his 15-minute show with “Yeah!” Helped to end with. The group (who are known to do it again) all wore matching blue outfits and ended the show with a bang — and a tribute to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s no surprise that Usher’s highly anticipated halftime show included familiar faces — the “Confessions” singer has been teasing fans with details about his performance since being revealed as a halftime show headliner in September 2023 . Speaking to ET ahead of Sunday’s big match Between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, the artist remained coy about speculation that he would join the Allies. ludacris And Lil Jon on stage.

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“I’d be a fool not to ring ‘Yes!’ Let’s just start there,” he admitted. “It would be stupid to take it to Las Vegas, John is here, Luda is here and ‘Yeah!’ Will not play.”

in an interview with BoardUsher also teased that his performance – which celebrates his 30-year career – will include “special guests”.

“It will definitely be an event,” Usher told the outlet. “There are special guests. And I’ve brainstormed new songs. But you know, it’s 12 to 15 minutes. So it’s really hard to determine which moments matter more than others, especially a With new songs. But there’s the dancing, the wardrobe, the lighting, how long you stay in a song, the fact that the audience can sing along… it’s a lot. So I’m more interested in it. “Trying hard not to think.”

The “You Got It Bad” singer admitted that he heard from previous artists before his big dance. “I’ve been around some guys who have played in the Super Bowl, and they’ve given me some pointers,” he shared. “A while back I was also on a boat with Katy Perry, who gave me some notes.”

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He further said, ‘I heard that Rihanna is standing up for me [in a December interview with E! News] and said something really incredible [about Usher’s qualifications for the gig], I really appreciated it. I have watched each artist and analyzed how they made the most of those 12 minutes. But you know, your moment is your moment. And this is a moment I have prepared for over the last 30 years.”

And it’s clear that no one will be surprised by how well-prepared Usher was for his performance. When ET spoke jay zwhose rock nation Partnered with the NFL to produce its Super Bowl halftime show and personally called Ashar to provide him the opportunity The entrepreneur tells ET it’s the singer’s time “To take his rightful place.”

“I think he’s going to take his rightful place,” the iconic rapper and businessman said on the red carpet. premiere of clarence’s book, “He is one of the greatest artists we have seen in our time and I think he will take his rightful place.”

mission accomplished.

Super Bowl LVIII – airing on CBS and streaming live paramount+ – is on Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers. keep checking etonline For more from the big game, including photos, exclusive interviews and more.

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