LOS ANGELES — Usher has a new confession: The Grammy winner will headline the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show in Las Vegas.
The NFL, Apple Music and Roc Nation announced Sunday that Usher will headline the halftime celebration at Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 11. The music megastar, who has won eight Grammys, said he is looking forward to performing on the NFL’s biggest stage.
“It’s the honor of my life to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list,” Usher said in a statement. “I can’t wait to give the world a show unlike anything they’ve seen from me before.”
Usher rose to superstardom with “Confessions,” which sold more than 10 million units in the U.S. and earned him eight nominations and three nominations at the 2005 Grammys. It lost the album of the year award to Ray Charles’ last album, “Genius Loves Company”, which was released two months after the legend’s death.
“Confessions” became one of the best-selling music projects of all time and “Yes!” It has released number 1 hits such as. “Burn” and “Confessions Part II” with Ludacris and Lil Jon. The special edition version also included the smooth hit “My Boo” featuring Alicia Keys. Next year will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the epic album.
Usher, 44, is currently headlining the “Usher: My Way” residency show in Las Vegas, which has sold-out shows and rave reviews. He also begins an eight-night performance block in Paris on Sunday. Usher is expected to wrap up his Las Vegas residency in early December before making his Super Bowl halftime appearance a few months later.
The singer served as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice” and has appeared in many films, including “Hustlers” and “Light It Up.”
Roc Nation founder Jay-Z called Usher the ultimate “artist and entertainer.”
“Since his debut at the age of 15, he has been carving out his own unique path,” he said of Usher, who released his self-titled debut album in 1994. In total, he released eight studio projects, among them full of hits. “You Got It Bad”, “Remind Me”, “You Want Me”, “Nice and Slow” and “Love in This Club” with Jeezy.
“Beyond his impeccable singing and incredible choreography, Usher reveals his soul,” Jay-Z continued. “His extraordinary journey has taken him to one of the world’s greatest stages. “I can’t wait to see the magic.”
Roc Nation and Emmy-winning producer Jesse Collins will serve as co-executive producers of the halftime show. Hamish Hamilton returns as director. This is the second collaboration between the NFL, Apple Music and Roc Nation.
Last year, a pregnant Rihanna hung from a platform above the field for a spectacular halftime show, her first solo event in seven years.
“We are so proud of what we were able to accomplish together with the NFL and Roc Nation last year, and now with the incredibly talented Usher taking the stage, we look forward to another incredible Halftime Show from one of the best in the world. The best artists of the time,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s VP of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Sports and Beats.
Usher, Beyoncé, Madonna, Dr. Dre will join a list of famous musicians playing at Super Bowl halftime shows, including Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Katy Perry.
“Usher is an icon whose music has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape throughout his career,” said NFL Head of Music Seth Dudowsky.