LAS VEGAS (AP) – A steady stream of stars joined Usher during his 13-minute halftime show.
Usher kicked off his halftime show in Vegas style – surrounded by a field full of showgirls and other showy dancers, he shed an extravagant feather cape as he stepped from a stage onto the field while singing his 2004 hit “Caught Up.”
It was the first song in a medley of many from the R&B star as he tried to squeeze highlights from a 30-year career into 13 minutes.
Alicia Keys joined Usher as a surprise guest during his halftime show, singing her “If I Ain’t Got You” while standing at a midfield piano that looked like a red hunk of abstract sculpture.
She then stood up and entangled with Usher as they sang their duet “My Boo,” with her dressed in sparkling red and in contrast with his sparkling white. The singer shed his shirt soon after.
Usher was also joined by a marching band on the field as he raced through both dance and slow jams including “U Don’t Have to Call.”
Special guest H.E.R. took the field with a guitar solo.
Usher made a costume change into a purple and black sparkling suit with roller skates, which he used to glide in circles around the stage.
Lil Jon joined, starting with a rousing snippet of his “Turn Down for What” before Usher’s biggest hit, “Yeah,” began blaring on the stadium speakers.
Lil Jon and Ludacris – with shoulder pads and big afro – recreated their roles on Usher’s 2004 recording of the song from the midfield stage as the R&B star danced amid a bedazzled crowd to close the show.
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