R&B star Usher is about to take the stage during the world‘s most popular sports show. But what can we expect from him?
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The most-watched global sporting event of the year is back, and eight-time Grammy winner Usher has been chosen as the performer for the halftime show. The Super Bowl decides the NFL Champions and marks an explosive end to the season, in front of millions of viewers in the US, and around the world.
The American Football event has become the biggest sporting stage in the world, with advertisers spending big bucks to get screen time for bizarre, star-studded commercials, and huge musicians delivering blockbuster performances at halftime. Rihanna’s halftime show in 2023 was the most-watched of all time. Will this year be even bigger? And what will be in the setlist?
Super Bowl LVIII fact file
The match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will be broadcast on ITV1 from 11:30pm on Sunday, February 11, live from Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada (home to the Las Vegas Raiders). It can be streamed live and on catch-up on ITVX. In the US the game will be shown on CBS.
What will be in Usher’s setlist?
Usher broke out onto the music scene at 15, and now he’s landed the biggest stage in the world. He appeared once before, as a guest to sing OMG with the Black Eyed Peas during their Super Bowl performance in 2011. This time, he has the stage to himself, calling the coveted halftime slot the “honour of a lifetime”.
Performers have about 12 to 14 minutes to perform their biggest songs on a stage of fireworks and fanfare. With hits including You Make Me Wanna, Pop Ya Collar, DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love, Yeah!, and Confessions Part II, Usher says “the hardest part is figuring out how to squeeze it all in”.
Who are the special guests?
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