Who is Usher?
Usher Raymond IV, commonly known as Usher, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album, “My Way” (1997), which spawned hits like “Nice & Slow” and “You Make Me Wanna…” Since then, Usher has become one of the best-selling music artists in the world, known for his smooth vocals, R&B and pop hits, and energetic performances. Some of his other popular songs include “U Remind Me,” “Confessions Part II,” “Yeah!,” and “Love in This Club.” Usher has also ventured into acting, appearing in films like “She’s All That” and “In the Mix,” as well as serving as a coach on the television show “The Voice.”
Usher was born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, but he grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began singing in his church choir at a young age. In 2007, Usher married Tameka Foster, but they divorced in 2009. They have two sons together, Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond. In 2015, Usher married his longtime girlfriend and manager, Grace Miguel, but they separated in 2018 and finalized their divorce in 2019. Usher has been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his New Look Foundation, which aims to empower youth through education and mentorship. In 2012, Usher faced a highly publicized custody battle over his children with Tameka Foster. In addition to his music career, Usher has been involved in business ventures, including owning part of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. Usher has won numerous awards throughout his career, including Grammys and MTV Video Music Awards.
Performance show Super Bowl
R&B sensation Usher delivered an electrifying halftime show at Sunday’s Super Bowl, accompanied by will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and even a pair of roller skates.
A playful disclaimer flashed before the performance, humorously cautioning viewers of potential “singing, dancing, sweating, gyrating, and possible relationship issues.” True to its word, the show fulfilled every expectation.
Draped in pristine white and encircled by a whirlwind of exuberant dancers, Usher burst onto the stage at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, launching into his iconic hit, “Caught Up.”
This marked the commencement of a riveting performance that showcased the 45-year-old’s remarkable dancing prowess and extensive repertoire.
Acknowledging the challenge of condensing 30 years of career into a mere 13 minutes, Usher nevertheless flawlessly integrated as many of his chart-topping hits as possible into the set.
Some songs were given a full verse and chorus treatment, while others received just fleeting moments. During a brief snippet of “Superstar,” Usher belted out the lyrics “Spotlight / big stage / 50,000 fans screaming in a rage,” emphasizing the grandeur of his Super Bowl spectacle.
Surrounding him was a troupe of dancers, many of whom had journeyed from his Las Vegas residency, adorned in vibrant and eccentric costumes that perfectly complemented his central performance, enhancing the overall spectacle.
As Usher delved deeper into his set and found his rhythm, he momentarily stepped back to welcome his first guest, Alicia Keys. Dressed in a dazzling red ensemble, she appeared behind a bright red piano and launched into her iconic hit, “If I Ain’t Got You.”
Their collaboration continued with a rendition of their duet, “My Boo,” evoking one of the most heartwarming moments in a performance brimming with reunions, as they gleefully revived their 2004 smash hit.
After the song concluded and Keys exited the stage, the lineup of guest stars began to pick up speed.
Producer-rapper Jermaine Dupri joined Usher for a brief rendition of “Confessions Part II,” sparking one of the evening’s viral moments as some viewers humorously commented on Dupri’s suit, which exposed his bare legs.
The seamless blend of ballads and club anthems allowed Usher moments to pause, exhibit his vocal prowess, and notably, remove his shirt.
Even during renditions of his renowned slow jams, such as “Burn” and “U Got It Bad,” Usher couldn’t resist moving to the rhythm, captivating the entire stadium with his dynamic presence.