Usher says he was excited to hear from his “big homie” Jay-Z after scoring the honor. headline the upcoming Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in February.
On Sunday, the NFL Confirmed the news In a hilarious promo video Posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, featuring Kim Kardashian. The scam founder made headlines earlier this year Serenade by the “Confessions” singer During his Las Vegas residency in April.
Talking with Apple Music’s Zen Love On Sunday, the “Superstar” singer, 44, opened up about the excited call he received from the Roc Nation mogul about the epic feat.
“But when I got this call… he said, ‘This is the time, this is the magic time. You know, it’s time for you to have that moment.’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?'” Usher recalled of his conversation with the rapper, who owns an entertainment agency. A long-term partnership with the NFL. “He’s like, ‘Super Bowl.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, you ready? Of course.'”
The 8-time Grammy winner told Lowe that he felt the opportunity was “destined” during his 30-year career.
“I think everything that led up to this moment, going to Las Vegas for my residency for the last two years, the legacy, obviously, is the music, the celebration of entertainment in this place. It’s the City of Lights. You You know, it’s always been a place where entertainers go and find love and passion with their fans,” Usher explained.
“So the Super Bowl made its way to Las Vegas while we were in Vegas, such an amazing two years…” he added before Lowe interrupted.
Usher, whose legal name is Usher Raymond IV, first began his massively successful Las Vegas residency at Park MGM in July 2022.
The R&B crooner’s upcoming Super Bowl performance marks his second time taking the stage at the annual league championship game. Back in 2011, he joined the Black Eyed Peas during a headlining performance at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Usher told Lowe that he was “really happy that Jay-Z and Roc Nation also really thought to make sure they could bring this kind of experience to the world.”
The “OMG” singer then promised that the show would “definitely be a moment to remember.”
While Rihanna teased earlier this year that she was bringing a “surprise guest” (who happened to be her unborn child) to her Super Bowl halftime performance, Usher noted that she also Desperate to join the big game with a special guest. in February.
Sneaky as to who exactly he has in mind, he taps Lou for suggestions.
“I’ve collaborated with so many incredible artists over the years. If anything, I want to socially engage the world. I’d love to hear who you think complements it. would be the perfect guest,” he told Lou.
Laughing, Usher admitted to putting “it on the spot” before Lowe joked that they should “leave it on the table.”
Usher was excited about the upcoming release of his latest album, “Coming Home,” which he described as “one more love letter to the legacy of my career” to Lowe.
“Coming Home” is scheduled to drop on February 11, the same day as the 2024 Super Bowl LVIII.