The American singer Usher lit up the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday during the sacrosanct Super Bowl halftime show, but Taylor Swift stole the show, without singing a single note, like Beyoncé, who announced new songs.
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The 45-year-old singer, with more than a quarter of a century in the musical elite, gave an effective performance, like the charismatic “performer” that he is, greatly influenced by the mythology of Las Vegas.
Magazine dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, fake croupiers and even pole dancers accompanied him during this medley-shaped concert that traditionally marks halftime of the Super Bowl, the final of the NFL football championship.
Usher Raymond IV, his full name, spared no effort, taking advantage of the dancer’s qualities that contributed to his popularity.
One by one, he listed the titles that have marked his career, with nine number one songs in sales in the United States and more than 75 million albums sold worldwide.
“Yes!”, “Love In This Club” and “Burn” resonated throughout Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where Usher was an artist in residence from July 2022 to December 2023.
Followed by artist HER and rapper Ludacris, singer Alicia Keys briefly joined him on stage to perform their duet “My Boo,” another number one on the American hit parade.
Usher, who hasn’t recorded a No. 1 hit in more than 13 years, is looking to relaunch with a new album, “Coming Home,” released Friday, and a tour beginning in August.
If he contributed to revitalizing R’n’B in the late 90s, the Atlanta artist is today one of the representatives of a musical style that struggles to remain relevant.
Fanfares, outfit changes, hip movements galore, Usher gave it his all on Sunday to thrill the 60,000 spectators present, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, basketball player LeBron James… and Taylor Swift.
Arriving directly from Tokyo, where she had performed the day before, the artist with 14 Grammy Awards was in the dressing room to support her teammate Travis Kelce, a player for the Kansas City Chiefs, who were facing the San Francisco 49ers.
Social networks have been on fire for several days waiting for the appearance of the queen of pop, who remained discreet, but could not escape the attention of the cameras.
Usher was also upstaged by Beyoncé, who posted on her Instagram account, at the same time as the halftime show, a short film announcing what appears to be new music, set to be released on March 29.
The short video shows a woman, who appears to be Beyoncé, driving a taxi through arid landscapes, with country music playing in the background.