LAS VEGAS, NV – Usher put on a performance to remember at the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show as he was joined by special guests such as Ludacris, Alicia Keys and Lil Jon.
The legendary R&B singer performed a medley of some of his biggest hits including “Yeah!,” “My Boo,” “Caught Up,” “Burn” and “OMG” among many others from across his 30-year career, cramming in 13 tracks in total
As is custom for the Super Bowl, Usher recruited some friends for the performance as Alicia Keys joined him for their classic duet “My Boo,” while both Ludacris and Lil Jon showed up for an amped-up rendition of “Yeah!”
There was also a brief cameo from a shorts-wearing Jermaine Dupri, H.E.R. and will.i.am who was wearing a space-like mask.
The performance, which was watched by the likes of JAY-Z, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift in the crowd, featured a lot of complex dance choreography and at one point a roller skates sequence.
There was also a tribute to Atlanta’s strip club culture when Ludacris performed his verse from “Yeah!” surrounded by pole dancers.
The performance concluded with Usher saying, “I took the world to the A” and telling the crowd in Las Vegas that he loved them.
The Super Bowl itself finished with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 25-22, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes being named MVP.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show marked Usher’s return to Vegas after a widely successful live residency in the gambling capital over the last couple of years.
The performance also capped off a busy week for the singer, who released his ninth album Coming Home on Friday (February 9).
His first album in eight years, the massive 20-track project features the previously-released singles “Good Good” with 21 Savage and Summer Walker; “Ruin” with Pheelz, “Risk It All” with H.E.R., and the “Usher Remix” of Jung Kook’s “Standing Next to You.”
In addition, there are collaborations with Burna Boy, Latto and The-Dream.
“Coming Home is an ode to going back to your roots, whatever or wherever that may be,” Usher explained of the album’s meaning in a statement.
I’m Coming Home to where I’m comfortable in being exactly who I am right now. My hope is that you identify with the new album no matter where you are or what you’re going through, too.”