MAlong with roller skates and celebrity surprise guests, American musician Usher performed many of his greatest hits at halftime of the Super Bowl. Singer Taylor Swift celebrated her friend Travis Kelce and her Kansas City Chiefs' victory at the end of the game. Musicians Alicia Keys and Her and rappers Ludacris and Lil Jon joined Usher in a roughly quarter-hour show at halftime of the NFL Finals between the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Dozens of dancers and brass bands were also part of the spectacle.
Usher himself changed his outfit several times, then took off his top entirely, dancing on a stage that sometimes looked like clockwork and sometimes on fire – and sometimes appeared on roller skates. Cheers and applause erupted from the approximately 60,000 spectators in the stadium. Super Bowl attendees included stars such as Queen Latifah, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Lizzo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Goldblum, Justin and Hailey Bieber, Martha Stewart, Travis Scott, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Fat Joe. Elon Musk.
All eyes on Taylor Swift
Usher, 45, already performed the halftime show in 2011 with the Black Eyed Peas, considered one of the biggest stages in the music world. The R&B hitmaker hit “Nice & Slow”, “You Make Me Wanna…”, “You Got It Bad” and “Yeah!” He became world famous for his successes like The scale of the Super Bowl was huge and the impact was even stronger because of Swift's presence this year. 115.1 million television viewers watched the match last year. According to the US Betting Office Association, 67.8 million people bet a total of 23.1 billion US dollars (equivalent to around 21.42 billion euros) this time.
Before the game started, country singer Reba McEntire had already sung the US national anthem “Star-Spangled Banner” and musician Post Malone had sung “America the Beautiful.” Swift, who has been dating soccer star Kells for months, rocked up in a box, straight from a concert series in Tokyo. Swift – wearing dark pants, a dark top and a red jacket – arrived at the venue with musician Ice Spice and actress Blake Lively. Earlier there was a lot of speculation about whether Swift would make it to the show on time.
From the box she and her teammates cheered on the Kansas City Chiefs. Screened in stadiums everywhere. That led to cheers in the stadium, where 49ers supporters erupted in volume. At one point, Swift emptied the drink cup she was holding in one gulp and slammed it down on the table in front of her. After the game, Swift appeared on the court and gave Kelce a hug and a kiss.
Swift and Kelce have been dating since last year. The 34-year-old has also captained several games at the stadium. The romance between the pop star and the soccer star is followed by millions of fans around the world. For weeks, heated debate has raged over whether the pop star will comment on the US presidential campaign at the Super Bowl, whether she'll endorse Democrat Joe Biden again — like in 2020 — and, if so, what the outcome would be. However, that didn't happen.