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From Sin City to Super Bowl: Usher’s Vegas Magic Takes Over the Gridiron!

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Usher’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Usher didn’t have to prove anything stepping onto the Super Bowl stage. Three decades of hits, a recent Vegas residency revival, and a viral lo-fi moment cemented his place as R&B royalty. But headlining the Halftime Show? That’s the ultimate pop star validation. So, did Usher’s performance solidify his legacy, or was it a glitzy fumble?

The answer, like the show itself, is a mixed bag.

Usher’s entrance was electric. Decked in white sparkles, he declared, “They said I wouldn’t make it,” igniting a fire of nostalgia in longtime fans. But then came “Caught Up,” a Vegas-style explosion of feathers, acrobats, and frantic camerawork that threatened to drown out the star himself.

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The rest was a whirlwind medley, a fast-paced montage of Usher’s greatest hits. “Superstar” flashed by, “Nice and Slow” barely lingered. But when he slowed down, magic happened. “U Got It Bad,” performed with soulful swagger and a surprise appearance by H.E.R. on guitar, was a highlight.

Star Power Parade: Alicia Keys, Lil Jon & More Join Usher’s R&B Extravaganza

Collaborations, like Alicia Keys joining for “My Boo” and Lil Jon & Ludacris for the closing “Yeah,” served as reminders of Usher’s star power. The EDM era? Let’s just agree to leave it out of the trophy room.

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Was it a flawless performance? No. The pacing was frantic, the sound mixing imperfect. But amidst the chaos, a point hammered home: Usher’s got hits, baby. He’s earned the “King of R&B” crown, even if this wasn’t his crown jewel performance.

As the show ended in a blaze of football-themed glitz, Usher chanted, “I took the world to the A,” referencing his Atlanta roots. On this night, he didn’t conquer the Super Bowl stage, but he did remind everyone why he reigns supreme in the R&B kingdom. It wasn’t perfect, but it was undeniably fun, a testament to the enduring power of his music and his undeniable star quality.

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