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USHER’s performance at the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime Show disappoints

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USHER preforms a mashup of his own music with other features during halftime of the 2024 Super Bowl.

The Apple Music Super Bowl halftime show is arguably the most anticipated live performance of the year. With 12.6 million viewers for this year’s show, the R&B artist USHER was expected to blow the crowd away with his performance. Unfortunately, USHER did not exactly meet the mark set by previous years performers.

USHER is a favorite to many, with his music serving as a generational staple. With the well-known hit songs of “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,”  “OMG,” “Yeah!” and “Hey Daddy,” even those who aren’t true R&B fans were highly anticipating his set.

From the opening moment, it was clear that the performance would be underwhelming. Something in the audio of the microphone had obvious problems that took much away from his performance as a whole. His voice was muffled and the background music overpowered his sound. This brief spoiling of technical issues and sound problems left many viewers disappointed. 

Apart from the technological difficulties, USHER himself did not wow the crowd. Except for an impressive moment of singing while on roller skates, USHER’s personal performance wasn’t anything special. He quickly went through many songs and neglected to play some of his most popular. USHER performed a total of 14 songs in his 13-minute segment, meaning some songs received less than a minute of playing time.

However, the show wasn’t all bad. Behind USHER danced beautiful, dressed-up performers and acrobats that were hard to keep your eye off of. USHER himself also showed off some impressive dancing skills throughout his performance. He was accompanied by many talented and impressive surprise guests.

The highlight of the show was Alicia Keys’ appearance. With a beautiful rendition of her song “Ain’t Got You,” Keys’ impressed many with her vocal range and performance skills. The chemistry between USHER and Keys was unmistakable and entertaining as the two sang their hit song “My Boo” together.

After Keys, rapper Lil John appeared for his and USHER’s song “Turn Down for What,” as well as a surprise appearance from Hip-Hop artist, Ludacris. While these are exciting names to perform alongside USHER, there seemed to be too many for each of them to each get the time and performance opportunity they deserved. This was evident when the artist H.E.R appeared for just a short guitar solo, with no opportunity to sing herself. 

USHER has won eight Grammys and even made a guest appearance with Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am in 2011. It is no secret that he is a talented musician after a successful 30-year career. USHER is a well-known and loved artist so it truly is a shame that his halftime performance did not live up to his own best or the great performances before him. 

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Vivi Ducker
Vivi Ducker, Features Editor
Vivi is very excited to be one of this year’s Features Editors. Eager to continue her journey of conducting interviews and writing compelling articles, Vivi is also thrilled to broaden her responsibilities by designing spreads and assisting upcoming reporters in helping their articles reach their full potential. Beyond the Lion’s Tale, Vivi is on the tennis and dance teams and has started a non-profit called SchoolPENS, that donates school supplies to schools and villages in developing countries, which she passionately works on in her free time. Vivi has a love of travel and spending time with her family and friends. She can’t wait for another amazing year on staff.

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    Queen DeeFeb 18, 2024 at 6:37 pm

    He had 30 millions people watching more than Rihanna had last. But it wasn’t really all that I agree he did leave out some important songs.

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    Rita SeeholzerFeb 16, 2024 at 9:44 pm

    I agree, most of the time Usher’s voice sounded faint or muffled.

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    Kim carterFeb 16, 2024 at 9:33 pm

    It was a terrific show!

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    Shirley G..Feb 16, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    I thought that it was one if the best half time shows.

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    GregFeb 16, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    Well reviewed and very accurate!

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    JaxFeb 16, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Someone finally told the truth. Good article! We still love you, Usher!

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    Reginald WhitakerFeb 16, 2024 at 11:26 am

    Usher’s performance was very energetic, entertaining, and quite enthusiastic!!!!

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