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Rihanna Fans Slam Usher’s ‘Messy’ Halftime Show: ‘Save Us’ – Newsweek

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Rihanna Fans Slam Usher’s ‘Messy’ Halftime Show: ‘Save Us’ – Newsweek

Rihanna fans flocked to Usher’s Super Bowl halftime show, saying “nothing can top” the starlet’s 2023 set.

Usher performed at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday during the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

Stripping on stage and rollerblading, the R&B star treated fans to classics including “My Boo,” “Burn” and “U Got it Bad,” before closing the show with her mega-hit “Yeah.” .

Left: Rihanna performs during the Super Bowl 57 halftime show at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona. Right: Usher performs on stage during the Super Bowl 58 halftime show at Allegiant Stadium…


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The 45-year-old star was joined by a number of famous guests during the 15-minute set, including Alicia Keys, will.i.am, Jermaine Dupri, Lil’ Jon, Ludacris and H.E.R.

However, Rihanna’s fans were unimpressed with the 45-year-old’s set, comparing it to the singer’s performance last year.

“Dude, what is this halftime show, bring back Rihanna,” said @wizardseries on X, formerly Twitter.

“It was uneventful compared to Rihanna last year,” @nostalgia3005 agreed.

“I think we can all agree that nothing tops Rihanna’s halftime show,” said @biasedraptorfan.

“Usher is good, but Rihanna outdid you by being pregnant, lil bro…” wrote @sixthirty_Jinxz.

“We need Rihanna to save us,” Drew said.

“Usher skated for 2 minutes and cut,” Zee commented.

“This Usher halftime show is so messy, the transitions are so bad,” Tatyana said. “Please bring back Rihanna.”

However, other viewers defended Usher, calling Rihanna’s performance “average.”

“Usher’s performance was absolutely better than Rihanna’s. There’s no doubt about it,” said Brian Robinson.

“Like who is Rihanna??” Kai joked.

“That halftime show was better than Rihanna’s halftime show last year,” Nikki Gist said. “Yeah, I said it and [I don’t care]”.

“Usher has eaten Rihanna so much it’s crazy,” Geli said.

“USHER IS LIKE PUSHING 50 AND WAS ROLLING, RUNNING BACK AND FORTH, CHANGING OUTFIT AND DANCING THE WHOLE PERFORMANCE,” MTVexposed wrote. “There’s no fucking excuse @Rihanna“.

News week contacted Usher for comment via email.

Donning an all-red jumpsuit, Rihanna took advantage of the halftime show to reveal her second pregnancy to the world. The 35-year-old previously shared 1-year-old son RZA with rapper A$AP Rocky, before giving birth to daughter Riot Rose Mayers in August 2023.

During the 13-minute concert, the Barbados-born star sang and danced on a moving LED platform, accompanied by 80 dancers in white jumpsuits on the field below.

The Grammy winner performed several hits, including “Only Girl in the World,” “Umbrella,” “Work” and “Diamonds.”

It took a team of 800 people to make the show, including camera operators, musicians and stage crew.

However, the mother-of-two’s opinions were shared online, as was Usher’s 2024 performance.

Some called the show “boring”, while others felt the extravagant setup was a “waste of money”.

Donald Trump supporters were particularly critical of Rihanna’s halftime show. The former president described the singer’s performance as the “worst in history” on Truth Social, while MAGA fans condemned the halftime show as too “woke.”

However, many people loved the show, describing Rihanna’s performance as “powerful” and a “beautiful and moving performance.”