The Super Bowl halftime show is historically the most-watched musical spectacle of the year. This year,after two quarters of action between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.
Usher has sold more than 80 million records during his career, has nine No. 1 singles and has won numerous awards.
The Grammy winner will no doubt bring excitement and high-level entertainment when he takes the stage, but the big question is: will he be the only someone going on stage?
In the past, many halftime performers have brought in surprise guests for the event, but two of the last three have gone solo.
Last year, Rihanna took the stage alone. Although she didn’t have any surprise musical guests, her surprise during the performance revealed that she was expecting her second child.
According to TMZ, Alicia Keys would be the surprise guest of the halftime show. Usher and Keys have worked together in the past on the 2004 hit song “My Boo,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Keys has ties to Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation label produces the halftime show.
Usher has collaborations with singers from several genres in the music industry, so it’s no surprise that he would choose someone he’s worked with before.
Usher reportedly contacted Justin Bieber for the halftime show, according to TMZ. Until recently, Bieber had taken time off from his concerts. It’s unclear if Bieber responded to the request.
Some halftime performers choose to bring in multiple special guests, so even with the report that Keys is expected to be on stage, other guests aren’t ruled out.
One of Usher’s most popular songs is “Yeah!” With Lil Jon and Ludacris, two artists he could probably bring out. “Yeah!” was released in 2004 and was the longest-running #1 single of the year. The trio could also perform “Lovers and Friends”, which peaked at #8 on the charts.
Pitbull is a potential special guest and collaborated with Usher on “DJs Got Us Fallin’ In Love.” Young Jeezy is featured in “Love in this Club,” so he’s another one to watch.
Usher has a collaboration with Beyoncé, and although she has ties to Jay-Z, being married to the rapper makes her a more unlikely choice as a surprise guest. Beyoncé has been to the Super Bowl twice already and I don’t think this is the year she would perform for her third time.
Usher released an album just days before the Super Bowl, so it might include a few collaborations of his new songs. The album, Coming Home, contains “Standing Next to You” as a track, which is a remix of BTS member Jungkook’s song. They could make history by having the first K-Pop artist to perform at the Super Bowl.
The album’s first single was “Good Good” featuring Summer Walker and 21 Savage and “Risk it All” featuring H.E.R. is another track. These three artists could come and perform the new songs and promote his album.
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The halftime show, as well as the game, will be broadcast on CBS, with a family broadcast on Nickelodeon and streaming on Paramount+.