Usher says he was too thrilled to hear from his “big buddy” Jay-Z after receiving the honor headlining the upcoming Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in February.
The NFL on Sunday confirmed the news in a hilarious promo video Posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, with Kim Kardashian. The Skims founder made headlines earlier this year after she was a serenade from the “Confessions” singer in April while in Las Vegas.
In conversation with Zane Lowe from Apple Music On Sunday, the 44-year-old “Superstar” singer opened up about the invigorating call he received from the Roc Nation mogul about the epic success.
“But when I got that call he said, ‘It’s time, it’s magical time.’ You know, it’s time for you to have this moment. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?'” Usher recalled his conversation with the rapper, whose entertainment agency has one Long-term partnership with the NFL. “It’s like ‘The Super Bowl.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, are you ready? Absolutely.'”
The 8-time Grammy winner told Lowe that he feels like this opportunity is “destined” over the course of his 30-year career.
“I think that everything that has led to this moment, my being in Las Vegas for my residency over the last two years, the legacy is, of course, the music, the celebration of entertainment in this place.” It is that City of Lights. You know, it’s always been a place where entertainers go to find love and passion and a connection with their fans,” Usher explained.
“So the Super Bowl found its way to Las Vegas while we were in Las Vegas and having such a great two years…” he added before Lowe intervened.
Usher, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, first began his highly successful Las Vegas residency at Park MGM in July 2022. He is expected to complete his residency on December 2nd.
The R&B singer’s upcoming Super Bowl performance will mark his second time on stage at the league’s annual championship game. In 2011, he joined the Black Eyed Peas in their headlining performance at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Usher told Lowe that he’s “really glad that Jay-Z and Roc Nation really thought about making sure they could give the world an experience like this.”
The “OMG” singer then promised that the show “will definitely be a moment to remember.”
While Rihanna teased earlier this year that she would be bringing a “surprise guest” to her Super Bowl halftime performance (who surprisingly turned out to be her unborn child), Usher noted that he also attributed it to having a special guest accompany him at the big game in February.
He kept quiet about who exactly he had in mind and asked Lowe for suggestions.
“I have worked with many incredible artists over the years. If anything, I would like to engage the world socially. I’d love to hear who you think would be a great guest to complement this,” he quipped to Lowe.
Laughing, Usher admitted to “embarrassing him” before Lowe joked that they should “leave that on the table.”
Usher went on to rave about the upcoming release of his latest album, Coming Home, which he described to Lowe as “a love letter to the legacy of my career.”
“Coming Home” is scheduled to be released on February 11, the same day as Super Bowl LVIII in 2024.