Usher recalls Super Bowl halftime show call with Jay-Z

by Patria

Usher recalls Jay-Z calling him to tell him he landed the Super Bowl halftime show.

Speaking to Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Usher, who will headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show in Las Vegas in 2024, recalled talking to the Roc Nation founder after he had secured the coveted gig.

“(Jay) said, ‘It’s time, it’s magic time. You know, it’s time for you to have this moment,” Usher recalled of the phone call. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He’s like, ‘The Super Bowl.’ I’m like, ‘Oh,’ ‘Are you ready? Absolutely, no question.”

The Love in this Club hitmaker continued, “And it was like it was meant to be. 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 that place.

“It’s the city of lights. You know, it’s always been a place where entertainers go and find love and passion and connection with their fans. So for the Super Bowl to have made its way to Las Vegas while we were in Vegas and had such an amazing two years.”

The singer will be part of the Super Bowl performance on Sunday, it has been announced. The “Yeah!” singer appeared alongside Kim Kardashian in a comedic video shared on social media to announce the big news.

Usher’s performance at the prestigious sporting event marks Roc Nation’s fifth Super Bowl halftime show under its partnership with the NFL, following Rihanna in 2023, Dr. Dre and Friends in 2022, The Weeknd in 2021 and Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in 2020.

“This is the biggest stage you will ever play on. Those 13 minutes (on stage) mean everything. It’s been on my bucket list for a long time,” Usher told Zane about the event.

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