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Melissa’s Blog

Melissa’s Blog

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 27: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (L-R) In this image released on May 27, Usher and Lil Jon perform onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021.

Usher has been announced as the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show for 2024. The Super Bowl is taking place on February 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcement was made by the NFL and Apple Music and according to Usher, “It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before. Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”

As soon as this announcement was made, social media started talking about which songs they’d love to see Usher to perform on the world’s biggest stage. They also started talking about special guest performers. Usher has had countless collaborations over the years so a choice of which artists he’ll have on stage with him is pretty large. We’ve been monitoring social media and looking at what the public wants. We’ve put together a list of potential artists and collaborations for Usher to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show next year.

Before we run down our list, let’s take a look at Usher’s career as a whole. He released his self titled debut “Usher” in 1994 and really exploded onto the music scene in 1997 with the release of his second album “My Way.” “My Way” would eventually produce his first ever #1 single “Nice & Slow.” His third album “8701” would give Usher his first two Grammy Awards in 2002-2003. He would go on to record 6 more albums (including one that hasn’t been released yet), star in countless movies and headline his own residency in Las Vegas. Usher has definitely made himself into a household name.

So let’s take a look at Usher’s probable set list and potential special guests WE would want to see on stage at the Super Bowl.

  • "Yeah," with special guests Lil' Jon and Ludacris

    Yeah was released in 2004 and would eventually hit #1 on the Billboard charts. It also won awards at the MTV VMAs for Best Dance Video and Best Male Video. Yeah was the longest running #1 single in 2004.

  • "My Boo" special guest Alicia Keys

    My Boo was recorded with Alicia Keys and was included on the re-release of Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions (2004). It landed at #1 on top of the Billboard charts and was listed as the 36th-biggest song of the 2000s decade in the United States.

  • "I Need a Girl Part One" special guests Loon and Diddy

    While this was technically Diddy’s single, Usher was a big reason for its success.  In 2004, the song was featured on the Bad Boys compilation R&B Hits. Along with “I Need a Girl (Part Two).” It peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts and then would produce a Part II which also produced major success on the charts.

  • "I Need a Girl" (Part Two) special guests Ginuwine, Loon, Mario Winans

    Now we know Usher technically was not a part of this song, however, we could see him starting with Part One, then moving his way into Part Two as some sort of medley. Part II would peak at #4 on the Billboard charts.

  • "Love in This Club" special guest Jeezy

    It was released on February 22, 2008, as the lead single from Usher’s fifth studio album, Here I Stand. It would go on to reach #1 on the Billboard charts. Jeezy was not meant to be on the track but after contributing, Usher loved it and called Jeezy “one of the greatest rappers of our generation.” 

  • "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" special guest Pitbull

    The song was released in July 12, 2010.  It was the first single from Usher’s EP, Versus EP.  It reached #4 on the Billboard charts but was in the top 10 in over 15 countries making it one of Usher’s most successful singles.  

  • "Lovers and Friends" special guests Lil' Jon and Ludacris

    This song was actually credited to Lil’ Jon and the East Side Boyz for group’s fifth and final studio album, Crunk Juice (2004).  It reached #3 on the Billboard charts. It included the popular refrain: “Please tell your lovers and friends that Usher, Jon and Luda had to do it again.”

  • "OMG" special guest Will.i.Am

    OMG was released on March 22, 2010, as the first worldwide single off his sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond. It received critical reviews due to the use of auto tune. But it would eventually go on to being the fifth best selling song of 2010 in the US.

  • "Without You" special guest David Guetta

    Without You was released as the third single from Guetta’s fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat.  Guetta called the song “maybe the biggest song I’ve made in my life”. It would go on to land at #4 on the Billboard charts. 

  • "Somebody to Love" special guest Justin Bieber

    This song was the second single from Bieber’s first studio album My World 2.0.  It was the remix to Somebody to Love and was originally recorded as a demo by Usher, who was Bieber’s mentor, for his sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond.

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