With Taylor Swift in the 65,000 strong crowd at today’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas, Usher couldn’t have had any illusions about who had the greater star power and the media’s attention as he hit the field for the halftime show.
So, battling some initial microphone problems, the slick R&B singer and the producing team of DPS with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Jesse Collins leaned in hard to the showmanship that Usher has always done best, and hoped for the best.
Hope was not enough, even when the ripped Usher stripped off his shirt halfway through and H.E.R. came out to offer some solid gold guitar licks.
In no small part, H.E.R.’s extended stint on stage at Allegiant Stadium unveiled the staid mechanics of tonight’s halftime show as it was clearly intended mainly to give Usher enough time for a costume change and the opportunity to put on roller skates. “Are you ready to get crazy?” Usher pleaded with a crowd he should have been holding in his hands.Read more on deadline.com