'My Hand Got Caught in the Wire': Usher on the One Thing He Remembers from His 2011 Super Bowl Cameo

The R&B superstar opened up about his upcoming Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in an interview with Apple There's one part of Usher's 2011 Super Bowl halftime show cameo that has stuck with him

Published Time: 09.02.2024 - 03:31:09 Modified Time: 09.02.2024 - 03:31:09

The R&B superstar opened up about his upcoming Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in an interview with Apple

There's one part of Usher's 2011 Super Bowl halftime show cameo that has stuck with him.

In an interview with Apple Music on Thursday, the "Good Good" singer, 45, recalled what he remembers most about the performance, where he made a special appearance alongside the Black Eyed Peas in Arlington, Texas.

"There was a moment that only I think I remember — my hand got caught in the wire that was holding me like 30 feet in the air. And I almost missed my first mark. I was like, 'Oh my God, don't let this malfunction caused me to miss something,'" Usher told interviewer Nadeska Alexis.

However, the R&B star wasn't just left with that memory.

Usher recalls how "amazing" it felt to be in front of such a massive crowd.

"It made me really passionate about eventually getting this moment that I'm getting ready to have," he said. "But it was really fueled by being able to be just in that moment with the Black Eyed Peas."

During the 2011 set, there were various technical difficulties. Fergie's mic got cut off at one point and the lights weren't working properly. However, the mood shifted as Slash and Usher came out to revive the crowd.

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Last week, the "U Got It Bad" musician opened up about his forthcoming Super Bowl halftime show performance in an interviewon Good Morning America, where he told reporter Kelley Carter that he considered struggles that past Black artists had to endure so that, he could take the stage during football's biggest night.

Usher said that when planning his show, he thought about artists of the past "having to at some point, go through kitchens to even be able to perform for an audience."

"They had to leave back through that same door, you know, fearing for their lives as they went to the next state to do the same thing," he added. "So, I'm coming through the front door with this one."

Usher also told the reporter that he had considered his mentors and peers in the music industry when planning his upcoming set.

"I didn't start where I am now, and I didn't get there by myself," he said. "So, everybody that has been a part of it, I'm carrying them with me. All of my fans, my loved ones — the people who may have felt like they have been forgotten, they haven't. I'm carrying you right with me when I walk on that stage that night."

The Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl LVIII, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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