Usher is currently gearing up for one of the biggest nights of his entire career as he prepares to headline the Super Bowl halftime show – but he might need to have a word with some viewers who somehow don’t know who he is.
The 45-year-old has been behind some of the biggest bops in music history, including Burn, Confessions – part I AND II – You Got It Bad, U Remind Me and Yeah!
He announced last year that he would be performing at this year’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers, teasing that there would be some very special moments to come.
Despite many branding the annual NFL event ‘UsherBowl’, it seems as though younger sports fans are completely clueless over his incredible back catalog, as well as his impact in music.
‘Am I the only one who doesn’t know who he is,’ one baffled follower wrote on social media ahead of the big game.
Another fumed: ‘NO NO HATE TO USHER BUT HE ISN’T SUPER bowl WORTHY.’
‘No kids in my class except me and this one boy know who is Usher is,’ a follower sobbed.
A TikTok user dared to ask: ‘Who the crap is Usher!?!?!?!?’
However, as soon as Millennials got wind of the debate, they immediately leapt to Usher’s defense, explaining that he is truly one of the greatest musicians of all time.
‘Why are people talking like Usher doesn’t constantly drop new music,’ a commenter said.
A fan explained: ‘Usher DESERVES this!! Do they not know Usher’s discography? The bops/hits he has. I’m so ready for “Yeah, “Caught Up” and all 2000s Usher! Let’s goo.’
One said what was on all our minds, penning: ‘Im curious, who they think is more worthy to do the superbowl show? [sic].’
‘Haters……. Usher is iconic his catalog omg,’ a music enthusiast added.
To the uninitiated, Usher has been around for literally decades, and released his debut album in 1994 when he was just a teenager.
He went on drop his follow-up three years later, blessing us with songs including My Way, Nice & Slow and You Make Me Wanna – which landed at number one in the UK.
In 2004, the musician left us all in a spin with his Confessions album, which was certified diamond and was packed full of bangers like Confessions Part II, Yeah!, Burn and Caught Up.
If that wasn’t enough, he turned Las Vegas into his own personal arena with a selection of sold-out, headline-grabbing residency performances – appearing at Caesars Palace, and then at Park MGM.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Usher will be releasing album number nine, Coming Home, in time for his Super Bowl performance, and will be jetting off on tour around the US later this year.
He also managed to wangle an extra two minutes into his halftime slot, and will be performing for 15 minutes instead of the regular 13 minutes that headliners are given.
‘I can’t explain why, but it’s a funny thing that I was able to do and craft,’ he told Entertainment Weekly ahead of Sunday. ‘That was a huge strategic thing that happened between me and my agency.’
Spilling the beans on what we can expect, he teased that he took a lot of inspiration from Rihanna’s efforts last February, adding: ‘Rihanna’s was fire because of the choreography and the way they did something that felt like a concert.
‘It actually was a great deal of inspiration [for] how I began to think of my show. If you ever came to my residency, it was all about being immersed – being immersed in an experience that is all of these things that wouldn’t necessarily go together.
‘I would hope that people would feel excited – whether they knew my music or they just got to meet me for the first time – and that I’m all passion, man.
‘And that this 8-year-old, who now is a 45-year-old, feels just as free as the first time that I thought any of this could be possible.’
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