LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — 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 would lead the half-time festivities from Allegiant Stadium on February 11.
The music megastar, who has won eight Grammys, said he’s looking forward to acting on the NFL’s biggest stage.
“It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list,” Usher said in an announcement. “I am unable to wait to bring the world a show unlike anything they’ve seen from me before.”
Usher springboarded into superstardom with Confessions, which sold greater than 10 million units within the US and earned him eight nominations on the 2005 Grammys, winning him three. He lost album of the yr to Ray Charles’ final album Genius Loves Company, released two months after the legend died.
Usher, 44, is currently headlining his ‘Usher: My Way’ residency in Las Vegas, which has drawn sold-out shows and rave reviews. He’s also starting an eight-night block of performances in Paris on Sunday. Usher is predicted to wrap up his Las Vegas residency in early December before he makes his Super Bowl half-time appearance a pair months later.
The singer has served as a coach on NBC’s The Voice and appeared in several movies including Hustlers and Light It Up.
Roc Nation founder Jay-Z called Usher the final word “artist and showman”.
“Ever since his debut on the age of 15, he’s been charting his own unique course,” he said of Usher, who released his debut self-titled album in 1994. In total, he’s released eight studio projects that were full of hits including U Got It Bad, U Remind Me, You Make Me Wanna, Nice & Slow, and Love In This Club with Jeezy.
“We’re so pleased with what we were capable of accomplish along with the NFL and Roc Nation last yr and now with the insanely talented Usher set to take the stage we’re looking forward to a different incredible Halftime Show from one among the world’s all-time biggest performers,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice-President of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Sports, and Beats.
Usher will join a listing of celebrated musicians who’ve played during Super Bowl half-time shows, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and Katy Perry.