Usher Discusses Aiming for a Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Show: ‘I Must Achieve It Within 13 Minutes’

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

The R&B artist shared insights about his upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance during a discussion with Apple Music.

The stakes are high for Usher!

During a press conference interview with Apple Music on Thursday, the 45-year-old R&B icon revealed the challenge of crafting a Super Bowl LVIII halftime show that encapsulates his career without falling short.

“I have to deliver it all in 13 minutes,” Usher expressed regarding his upcoming performance. “That definitely adds pressure.”

He further elaborated, stating, “It’s been quite a task to condense 30 years of music into just 13 minutes.”

In response to inquiries about his approach to crafting the setlist for his performance, Usher acknowledged the existence of “fantasy lists” circulating, which included dream collaborators and songs. He explained that he considered these while curating his set.

“I was conscious of honoring my past, highlighting my current residency here in Las Vegas, and contemplating the direction we’re heading in the future,” the artist behind “U Got It Bad” shared. “That was the underlying concept.”

Usher elaborated on his selection process, emphasizing the significance of songs that resonate with his audience and encapsulate the themes of “life, love, and emotion” present in his music.

“I reflected on pivotal moments in dance. I also considered incorporating elements unique to my Las Vegas performances, such as skating, and other innovative stage concepts I haven’t previously explored,” he elaborated.

Moreover, Usher expressed his excitement about sharing these experiences with a global audience during the Super Bowl halftime show, remarking, “For those who have heard about my Las Vegas residency, this is an opportunity to witness elements of it. However, this time, it’s on a grander scale—before an audience of 60,000 in the stadium, and potentially reaching 180,000 attendees, and an audience of 80 million worldwide.”

Following his Super Bowl LVIII halftime show performance and the conclusion of his Las Vegas residency, the “Yeah!” artist will embark on a North American tour.

Dubbed the USHER: Past Present Future tour and presented by Live Nation, the tour promises a comprehensive setlist spanning Usher’s illustrious career, from his debut album “Usher” in 1994 to new tracks from his ninth studio album “Coming Home,” which was released on Friday preceding the Super Bowl.

A press release for the tour stated, “Usher is bringing his smooth R&B tracks, infectious smile, and slick moves to fans all across the globe.”

The tour is scheduled to commence on August 20 at the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C., with subsequent stops in cities like Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto, Canada. The tour will culminate with a final performance at Chicago’s United Center on October 29.