Usher delivers hits at Super Bowl halftime show packed with cameos

R&B and pop sensation Usher revisited the biggest hits of his past, singing and dancing his way through a high-energy Super Bowl halftime show performance packed with big-name cameos.

He opened a nostalgia-heavy set Sunday with “Caught Up,” teamed up with Alicia Keys for a steamy rendition of “My Boo” and concluded alongside Ludacris and Lil Jon for their crowd-pleasing, club-centric collaboration “Yeah!”

Usher also welcomed will.i.am, Jermaine Dupri and H.E.R. during the career-spanning set, running through hits including “Confessions Part II,” “Love in This Club” and “Burn” at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.

“They said I wouldn’t make it,” Usher boasted. “They said I wouldn’t be here today. But I am.”

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(L-R) Ludacris, Usher, and Lil Jon perform onstage Sunday. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Usher’s performance began on the field, where he navigated audio issues on his headset mic while dazzling with his dance moves. He sounded much clearer upon moving the performance onto his stage at midfield.

Surrounded by dozens of backup dancers and, at one point, a full marching band, Usher leaned into the Super Bowl spectacle with frequent outfit changes – including going completely shirtless at one point.

Usher’s performance came several weeks before he celebrates next month’s anniversary of his seminal 2004 album “Confessions,” which won the Grammy Award for best contemporary R&B album and remains his best-seller.

Usher performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Usher performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The halftime show came two days after the release of Usher’s latest album, “Coming Home,” which rave reviews lauded as a return to the superstar singer’s R&B roots.

The Dallas-born, Atlanta-bred Usher, who boasts nine No. 1 hits but none since 2010, hadn’t released a solo studio album since 2016.

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