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Usher recalls getting stuck 30ft above stage in first Super Bowl show

Usher is set to headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

Usher has revealed a wild malfunction during his Super Bowl debut that could have gone very wrong.

The Yeah! singer is getting ready to headline the halftime show in Las Vegas on Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers for the NFL championship.

All talk is on what songs the 45-year-old will perform, and who he could welcome on stage as his special guests.

However, during the Apple Music Super Bowl halftime show press conference earlier today, he explained that it has been a long road to the celebration, which started when he popped up during the Black Eyed Peas’ efforts in 2011.

In a move only Usher could pull off, he famously leapt over will.i.am’s head to land in a perfect split on the stage – but confessed that this almost went terribly wrong.

Discussing his own memories of that day, he said: ‘Oddly enough, there was a moment that I think only I remember.

Usher previously made a cameo in 2011 with the Black Eyed Peas (Picture: WireImage)
He pulled off his guest appearance perfectly (Picture: WireImage)

‘My hand got caught in the wire that was holding me 30ft in the air. I almost missed my first mark. I was like, “Oh, my God, don’t let this malfunction cause me to miss something!”

‘Afterwards, [I remember] how amazing it felt to be in front of that many people and feel the energy. So much so that it made me really passionate about eventually getting this moment that I’m getting ready to have.

‘It was really fueled by being able to be in that moment with the Black Eyed Peas.’

Details have been kept under wraps about the upcoming show, but Usher did share that he will roller skate at one point.

Usher revealed it wasn’t all fun and games on stage (Picture: Getty)
He carried on like a total pro (Picture: WireImage)

Over the course of his career, the Burn star has collaborated with a string of famous faces, including Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys – with many questioning whether either will be stepping foot onto the stage at the Allegiant Stadium during his 13-minute set.

Shedding light on possible guests, he refused to be drawn on names, simply teasing: ‘I definitely went through a lot of ideas of who I would have share this moment with me, and I do feel like the people who are going to share it deserve just as much recognition for what they do in their careers.

‘There’s been these fantasy lists that have been going out and people trying to figure out what song I’m going to perform first, middle, last – who’s going to come on the stage with me.

‘What I did is, I was very mindful of my past, celebrating my present, which is here in Las Vegas, and thinking about where we’re headed in the future.

Usher teased his solo headlining stint (Picture: Getty)

‘What songs do I feel people know me for? What songs have been a celebration of all of the journey of what life and love and emotion has been offered in my music? That was the idea.’

Never one to rest on his laurels, Usher will be releasing his ninth album on Friday ahead of the show – before embarking on a US tour.

Past Present Future kicking off in August in Washington, and will be ending in Chicago towards the end of the year.

Could he add some surprise UK and Europe dates after that? We wouldn’t put it past him…

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