Usher celebrated both his past and present when he headlined the Super Bowl 2024 halftime show tonight (11 February) at the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.
The R&B singer headlined the musical extravaganza with a troupe of dancers and special guests, performing some of his biggest hits from the past two decades.
Fans were somewhat disappointed after Usher’s friend and mentee Justin Bieber failed to appear onstage, despite their collaboration on the pop singer’s 2010 hit “Somebody to Love”.
However, they lapped up appearances from rappers Lil jon and Ludacris for 2004 smash “Yeah!”, and Alica Keys for “My Boo”.
Usher Super Bowl halftime show review: A fun, half-memorable mess
Here it is, our halftime show review from critic Mark Beaumont:
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Fans are disappointed at the lack of any Biebs special appearance
While viewers definitely seemed to enjoy Usher’s show, there is a palpable sense of disappointment at the lack of any surprise appearance from Justin Bieber, who was RIGHT THERE IN THE STADIUM.
A reminder, Usher was Bieber’s mentor after he was discovered by music manager Scooter Braun. They later collaborated on Bieber’s hit song, “Somebody to Love”.
Unfortunately for Biebathons or whatever his fans are called, the pop singer looked content to watch his pal from a box with his wife, model Hailey Bieber/Baldwin.
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And just like that….
Is that it?! Just like that, it’s done. I can’t believe that was the full set, he’d just got us all pumped up.
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YEAH! Usher is joined by his boys for one of his biggest hits
Honestly, if you’re old like me, this one goes off every time.
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HER joins Usher for a Prince-style guitar solo
Loving the Prince vibes from HER, guitar held aloft and everything.