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Will Usher Fall Victim to the Superbowl Half-Time Performance Curse?

Usher poses with his grills for an Apple Music Half-Time Show Concept Ad
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In just a few weeks, we’ll have front-row (couch) seats to the kickoff of the Super Bowl. We may be divided as a country in who we root for, but during the half-time show, we all gather and unite to see some of the biggest and brightest names in entertainment. This year? Usher graces the stage nearly 20 years after his rise to fame — and no one really knows what to expect.

Usher will take the stage at the half-time show of Super Bowl LVII in Las Vegas on February 11th. Many fans are excited to see his unique stage debut and have been hitting socials to try to determine which songs he’ll be bringing to the playlist. 

What should viewers expect? No one knows. Maybe “Yeah!”, “Bad Girl” ft Beyonce, or any of his club hits? Perhaps a clean version of “Love in This Club?” or his famous feature with Justin Bieber on his “Somebody to Love” remix. However, one thing remains certain no matter what songs he picks — there will likely be fan excitement, haters going wild, and a general chaotic moment for the collective internet as he takes the stage. 

Seth Dudowsky, known to many as the NFL’s Head of Music, released a press statement about the half-time show for Super Bowl LVII — and the level of excitement and anticipation that the NFL expects to see from this special guest. 

“Usher is an icon whose music has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape throughout his career,” the release stated. “We couldn’t be more excited to have him headline this year’s Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show. We look forward to working with Usher, Roc Nation, and Apple Music to bring fans another half-time show for the history books.” 

​​That’s not the only moment of excitement that fans have to look forward to during the half-time show of Super Bowl LVII. Usher also allegedly plans to drop his next album, Coming Home, on the day of the Bowl. 


Usher is excited for his half-time debut, per Esquire. “It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list,” he told the magazine. “I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen before. Thank you to the fans and to everyone who made this opportunity happen.” 

So all of this is positive — you’re likely wondering where the “curse” comes in. This “curse” is what many online fans tend to reference when an artist “goes downhill” after a subpar Super Bowl performance. Examples include Janet Jackson’s infamous show, the Black Eyed Peas, and many others. 

Millions will tune in on February 11th to see if Usher falls to the same “curse” that others have before him, or if Coming Home will be a smash success.


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