Usher Talks Up His Super Bowl Halftime Prep; Says It “Started 30 Years Ago”

BY Nii Ogbamey Tetteh November 2, 2023 5:53 PM EDT

Award-winning R&B star, Usher Raymond IV, known in showbiz as Usher, has explained how he landed the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show deal.

In an interview, Usher stated that his preparation started far earlier than his current Vegas stay, even if his successful Las Vegas residency is one of the reasons he was chosen for the 2024 Super Bowl halftime performance.

According to him, the whole Super Bowl halftime show deal journey started 30 years ago

“When I got the call, I was like, ‘Man, I’ve been working really hard my entire career,” he told Extra. “The preparation didn’t start within the last two years of performing in Las Vegas. It really started 30 years ago, and my commitment to it and the journey that I’ve taken musically is why I think I’m given that moment,” the My Boo hitmaker stated.

Usher recalled that he got a call from renowned rapper and businessman, Jay Z – who has produced the Super Bowl halftime show since Jennifer Lopez and Shakira took the stage in Miami in 2020 – mentioning that it was his (Usher’s) magic moment.

“It’s your magic moment. This is it. This is your Michael moment,” Jay Z said.

“I was like, ‘That’s a lot of pressure, bro. But so many incredible artistes that I respect played that stage, whether it was Beyoncé, Prince. … It’s like, ‘Wow, it’s the most compact 13 minutes of your life,” Usher narrated.

“I do want to play the songs that people obviously recognize and the ones that I celebrate. I’ve been able to laugh, I have been able to cry, I have been vulnerable, I’ve been telling and honest. … I found really great ways to help us communicate better through my music and that celebration is inside this curation, Usher said.

He also hinted that some other celebrities could possibly join him onstage to perform some of his hit songs at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.

“I’ve also collaborated with a lot of people in the process, so… there’s a celebration there. … I just gave it all to you. You gotta decode it,” Usher indicated.

However, Usher fans all over the world will have to wait for February  11, 2024, to fully witness all that the Yeah! hitmaker has planned and which surprise acts he will come on stage with to make history.