Usher chosen to headline Super Bowl halftime show in Las Vegas

John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

Published in Entertainment News

LAS VEGAS — A two-time Strip residency headliner is performing at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

The NFL announced early Sunday morning Usher will be the headlining performer at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium.

This is a perfect timing route. The Atlanta superstar is also releasing “Coming Home,” his ninth album, alongside the Super Bowl performance. It is his first new album since “Hard II Love” in 2016, which climbed to No. 5 on the Billboard album charts.

The 44-year-old R&B superstar has previously headlined at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Dolby Live at Park MGM, selling out both series.

Usher addressed the Super-sized opportunity and possibility in April. He referred to his previous performance backing headliners Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl XLV in 2011, when the Packers beat the Steelers 31-25 at AT&T Stadium.

“I’d be a fool to say no,” Usher told Aces Hollywood’s Scott Evans in an interview posted April 21. “If things line up the way we would all hope, one day that moment would happen. I’ve had the opportunity to grace the stage in support of ‘OMG’ and Will.i.am, but that was one moment.”


He was confident then, and surely now, he has the star power to play to a worldwide viewing audience.

“I think I have a catalog that obviously speaks for itself, so to be able to celebrate on that day, it’s obviously about football, but everybody really anticipates the performance,” Usher said. “Seeing Michael Jackson perform and recently seeing Snoop (Dogg) and (Dr.) Dre. … Seeing so many incredible performances like Prince … It has always been kind of a bucket list.”

The “U Don’t Have to Call” singer and superior roller-skate artist starred in the 20-show “My Way” at the Colosseum from July 16, 2021, through Jan. 1, 2022. He has since moved the show to Dolby Live, returning for his next set of performances Oct. 11 and booked through his announced closing Dec. 2.

“Fans in Allegiant Stadium and those watching around the world are in for a party at halftime,” MGM Resorts International’s Chris Baldizan said a statement Sunday. “We are excited for Usher and can’t wait to see the show.”


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