R&B star Usher, who will perform the always spectacular and highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime concert on Sunday, promised Thursday that other stars would take the stage with him, but kept the excitement going over the name choice.
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The 45-year-old singer, who has won eight Grammy Awards, will perform on Sunday in Las Vegas at the final of the American football championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San 49ers Francisco in front of 65,000 spectators and several million television viewers, for this traditional concert , considered one of the music events of the year in the United States.
“There are playlists going around, people trying to figure out what song I would play first and last, who would come on stage with me,” Usher laughed during a press conference.
“I had a lot of ideas about who I would like to see share this moment with me, and I think the people I'm going to share it with deserve it for what they've done in their careers, regardless of whether we worked together have or “whether they had their moments,” he added, obviously wanting to prolong the tension.
The list of those Usher has collaborated with is long, from Beyoncé to Jay-Z, including Alicia Keys, rappers Lil Jon and Ludacris. And there's also the absolute pop star of the moment, Taylor Swift. Everyone is wondering if she will come to cheer on her friend and Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce.
“I have paid close attention to my past and celebrated my present here in Las Vegas [où il a achevé une résidence en décembre] and the direction we're taking going forward,” commented Usher, known for his hits “You Remind Me,” “Yeah” and “My Boo” with Alicia Keys.
Big stars have performed at the Super Bowl before him, including Michael Jackson, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.
The event also caused a scandal in 2004 when Janet Jackson accidentally revealed a breast while dueting with Justin Timberlake on stage in front of tens of millions of American households.