MAmerican musician Usher, along with roller skates and celebrity guests, performed a number of his greatest hits at the Super Bowl halftime show. Singer Taylor Swift celebrated the victory of her friend Travis Kelce and his Kansas City Chiefs after the game. Musicians Alicia Keys and H.E.R., as well as rappers Ludacris and Lil Jon, appeared with Usher on the quarter-hour halftime show of the NFL Finals between the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. The performance also featured dozens of dancers and brass bands.
Usher himself changed his outfit several times, then completely took off his top, danced on a stage that resembled either a clock or fire – and at times even appeared on roller skates. There was much applause and cheering from the approximately 60,000 spectators in the stadium. Super Bowl crowds included stars such as Queen Latifah, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Lizzo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Goldblum, Justin and Hailey Bieber, Martha Stewart, Travis Scott, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Fat Joe, as well as a tech billionaire . Elon Musk.
All eyes on Taylor Swift
Usher, 45, previously performed with the Black Eyed Peas at the 2011 halftime show, which is considered one of the biggest stages in the music world. The R&B musician became world famous thanks to such hits as “Nice & Slow”, “You Make Me Wanna…”, “U Got It Bad” and “Yeah!” The scale of the Super Bowl is huge, and its impact is even greater this year thanks to Swift’s presence. Last year the match was watched by 115.1 million television viewers. This time around, 67.8 million people placed bets totaling US$23.1 billion (equivalent to about €21.42 billion), according to the US Bookmakers Association.
Even before the game began, country singer Reba McEntire had already sung the US national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and musician Post Malone sang the song “America The Beautiful.” Swift, who had come straight from a concert series in Tokyo and had been dating soccer star Kelsey for several months, also swayed in the box. Swift – in dark trousers, a dark top and a red jacket – came to the stadium along with musician Ice Spice and actress Blake Lively. Previously, there was a lot of speculation about whether Swift would make it to the performance on time and whether she would attend.
From the box, she and her teammates cheered on the Kansas City Chiefs. From time to time it was shown on the screen in the stadium. It drew applause but also booing in the stadium, where 49ers fans had the acoustic advantage. At one point, Swift emptied the drink she was holding in her hand in one fell swoop and then threw it on the table in front of her. After the game ended, Swift appeared on the court and hugged and kissed Kelsey.
Swift and Kelsey have been dating since last year. The 34-year-old has attended numerous Chiefs games at the stadium. The romance between the pop star and the football star is followed by millions of fans around the world. There has been a lively debate for weeks about whether the pop star could comment on the US presidential election campaign at the Super Bowl and once again, as in 2020, support Democrat Joe Biden, and if so, with what effect. However, this did not happen.
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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