Usher headlined the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday with a career-spanning performance featuring some of the biggest contemporary R&B hits from the last 20-plus years.
Usher kicked off the show with “Caught Up” as a group of dancers and others did gymnastics and transformed the field into a dance party. The set included several surprise guests, including Alicia Keys, who joined him at a red piano, where they performed a duet of “If I Ain't Got You,” then transitioned the medley into “My Boo “.
His performance also continued in his ballads, which included “My Confessions, Pt. II” and “U Got It Bad”, where he performed shirtless while a band backed him that included H.E.R. on guitar.
The scene quickly transformed into a roller skating rink. Lil Jon showed up to perform “Turn Down For What” before Usher launched into his iconic “Yeah!” ”, which also features Lil Jon. The finale featured an entourage of backing musicians scattered across the field and stage and included a massive horn section as Ludacris also dropped his verse from Usher's huge hit.
The singer capitalized on the show's hype earlier this week by releasing his ninth album Coming Home on Friday.
Usher's performance included two drum sets on stage, including a gold one left open in Spears' honor, Rolling Stone confirmed.
Spears, who died in October 2023, was a producer on the hit film Confessions of Usher in 2004, which earned him a Grammy nomination.