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Usher Lights Up the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Gabriela Vega
Usher took the stage during the LVIII Super Bowl, where the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers, with a score of 25 to 22.

The 2024 Super Bowl halftime show was a spectacle that captured the essence of entertainment, showcasing an A-list lineup that left audiences buzzing with excitement. Headlined by Usher and some of the biggest names in the music industry, the performance took viewers on a journey through his hits, blending stunning visuals with choreography in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. 

From the opening notes of “Caught Up” to the iconic refrains of “OMG,” each song was delivered with unparalleled passion and precision, showcasing Usher’s boundless talent as a performer. From there, the audience was treated to a dynamic mix of musical genres, with each artist bringing their unique style and energy to the stage.

“I personally enjoyed Usher’s performance, because it felt like a throwback to the 90s,” junior Mia McLean said.

Usher and the legendary Alicia Keys joined forces for an unforgettable duet of “My Boo” that had fans on their feet, cheering for more. Their electrifying onstage presence left a lasting impression on viewers worldwide, even at home.

Usher commanded the audience’s attention through his soulful vocals and energetic dance moves. A standout moment of the performance occurred when Usher graced the stage wearing roller-skates, surrounded by backup skating dancers, delivering a spirited and high-energy rendition of “OMG”.

“Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the half-time show, but I thought that the part where he was wearing roller skates was so cool. I can tell that he and his team put in a lot of effort into it,” junior Nina Benson said.



With an elaborate stage design reminiscent of the vibrant lights of Las Vegas and a talented troupe of dancers, he transformed the stadium into a neon-lit landscape, paying homage to the city’s iconic nightlife scene. His incorporation of elements of the entertainment industry as well as his lustrous outfits added an extra layer of authenticity to the show.

The grand finale of the performance saw Usher bringing out surprise guest appearances from some of music’s biggest icons, including, Ludacris and Lil Jon, who joined him on stage for an electrifying medley that had the entire stadium cheering. Their collaborative performance was a celebration of music and unity, showcasing the power of bringing together diverse talents for a common goal.

“His outfit changes were really well planned out. As the show went on, he managed to match up his outfits with the vibe of it all,” junior Melissa Sosa said.

As the show came to a close, the band and background dancers all came together, marking the end of an unforgettable halftime experience. Usher thanked the audience for their unwavering support and presence, while expressing his gratitude for being able to share his passion for music on such a monumental stage.

The 2024 Super Bowl halftime show served as a testament to the unparalleled talent and creativity of Usher and his fellow artists, leaving a long-lasting impression on families across America. It will go down as a spectacle that will be remembered for years to come.

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Gabriela Vega
Gabriela Vega, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Gabriela Vega is a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Coral Gables Senior High School. This is her third year in the publication, and she proudly owns up to her spot as a staff writer. Along with being an ongoing member of the International Baccalaureate Honor Society at Gables, she also takes part in other clubs that help grow the number of opportunities that come her way. After leaving behind an important era of her life, she focuses on school and her internship at a Certified Public Accountant office, but also makes time for her friends. She has a wide array of interests such as watching movies, kayaking with her dad on the weekends and driving her younger brothers all around Miami. Writing has always been one of her strong suits, so she chose to use that to her advantage and join CavsConnect, which has allowed her to blossom and improve her writing exponentially, especially when it comes to IB exams.
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