Usher is able to give his followers a present! The Apple Music Tremendous Bowl LVIII Halftime Present headliner chatted with Vogue about his upcoming efficiency and shared his hopes for what viewers will stroll away with after he takes the stage.
“People will tune in for a football game, but I hope when they look at that halftime performance, I’m hoping they walk away with something that’s healing them,” Usher tells the outlet. “Something that makes them feel hopeful, and not just look at the past, but have hope for the future, and have hope for a different type of future than we’re looking at right now in the present.”
The R&B celebrity was introduced as this 12 months’s headliner final September, and it was significantly becoming because the large sport will likely be held in Las Vegas, the place the GRAMMY winner had been on the MGM for his twice-extended residency from July 2022 to December 2023.
Whereas Usher is basking on this chapter of his life — whereas performing, planning, singing, skating, coaching, selling, parenting, and being current — he at all times takes the time to recollect how he received to this place, this King of R&B throne.
“I know that it’s going to be the hardest time of my life…Every night, I walk out, and I’m present before I walk on the stage,” Usher shares. “Maybe no one else knows that I’m doing this, but I’ll walk over to the edge of the stage, and I look up there, and I can remember when nobody was in here, and it was hard, and it felt like nobody was going to come. But I see them having a great time and I’m like, ‘Here it is — honor that moment. Now go have a good time.”
On the heels of Rihanna taking the present to new heights — whereas pregnant — in 2023, the “Yeah” singer will take the reins subsequent 12 months and be a part of an elite group of performers to grace the coveted stage.
With regards to how he plans to make his 13 minutes onstage memorable, Usher stresses to the outlet that “it has to be perfect.”
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I want people who have been a part of that journey to feel like it’s a celebration for everybody, for all of us, from the beginning up until this point,” he provides.
The “Good Good” singer reveals that there will likely be “skating, and the killer choreography” that followers have come to count on from the performer, in addition to these oft-hinted-at musical visitors. “This night was specifically curated in my mind to have R&B take the main stage,” he says. “Not just R&B music, but R&B performance, R&B connection, R&B spirit.”
Usher confesses that he has a myriad of inspirations, together with legendary Vegas showmen like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Extra importantly, he is contemplating the performers that got here earlier than him, like Michael Jackson and Prince, who have been pioneers “in a country where it wasn’t so long ago that Black performers like him had to walk through the kitchen in order to be on the stage.”
“I’m thinking about the fact that I’ve been able to walk through the front door as a result of their sacrifice and ability. So I’m carrying a little bit of that,” he says. “It’s made me feel joyous. It made me feel like I want to go out there, and I want the world to smile when they look at me. I want them to feel something, and feel my passion, my love, feel like I was the right person to sit in this position, and I was the right person to bring this kind of energy and love and connection to the entire world.”
However the celebration does not cease with the Tremendous Bowl. Two days earlier than his efficiency, his new album Coming House — his first in six years — will likely be launched.
“This juncture, this portion of my life, is a coming home experience. When I think about where I started and how this 30 years of an evolution has now brought me home… That’s part of the reason that I named it Coming Home,” he informed ET of the upcoming document final November.
“The rest of it is inside of the music and my choices of experiences and things that I wanted to blend. I tried a few new things, worked with some new producers, and also to work with producers that I’ve worked with in the past. That’s a bit of a coming home as well,” he added.
And Usher is not the one movie star who’s enthusiastic about his efficiency. JAY-Z, whose Roc Nation partnered up with the NFL to supply their Tremendous Bowl halftime exhibits and personally known as Usher to supply him the chance, beforehand informed ET that it is time for the singer to “take his rightful place.”
“I think that he’s going to take his rightful place,” the long-lasting rapper and businessman informed ET on the purple carpet premiere of The Guide of Clarence. “He’s one of the greatest performers we’ve seen in our time and I think he’ll take his rightful place.”
Ludacris, a frequent collaborator of the Atlanta-born singer, informed ET he’d be completely happy to carry out alongside Usher on the large day. “If he makes that call, cool. I’m not gonna say no to that,” Ludacris stated. “That’s a great opportunity and that’s my friend. We’ve been friends for a long time. If he makes that call then of course I will. That would be crazy.”
As Usher beforehand informed ET, “The hardest part of Super Bowl prep has been choosing the setlist.”
“You’ve got 13 minutes in order to get through an entire legacy of music,” he famous earlier than sharing how he was feeling forward of the efficiency. “The fact that I have my friends and new people to celebrate with is ultimately what’s driving me and building my anticipation and excitement,” he stated. “I don’t take it for granted. My mother talked about this moment many years ago actually and there was the thought that maybe it wouldn’t come. It was just a matter of time and making certain that the moment was right.”
Usher famous that he is “absolutely” fielding cellphone calls from previous collaborators a few potential Tremendous Bowl look, one thing he is been “considering a lot.”
“It’s magic time,” he stated of the efficiency, enjoying coy about potential particular visitors by saying, “Who knows?”
The Apple Music Tremendous Bowl LVIII Halftime Present takes place on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. The present will air reside on CBS, Nickelodeon and Univision, streaming reside on Paramount+, NFL+, and Vix.
Usher’s Vogue challenge is accessible on newsstands on Jan. 23.