Usher Won’t Be Paid For Super Bowl Half Time Show

Usher, the renowned singer, took center stage at the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in Las Vegas, delivering a performance that was both anticipated and celebrated. Despite the extensive preparation and the spectacle of the show, Usher, like his predecessors, did not receive any monetary compensation for his efforts. This revelation might come as a surprise to many, considering the Super Bowl’s status as one of the most financially significant events of the year.

The 45-year-old artist joined the ranks of Super Bowl halftime legends such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga, with a unique twist to his performance. Usher managed to negotiate an additional two minutes to his set, extending the typical 13-minute slot to 15 minutes. This extra time allowed him to showcase a broader range of his musical catalog and bring a new level of creativity to the halftime stage.

Usher’s performance drew inspiration from Rihanna’s previous halftime show, which he praised for its concert-like production and choreography. Striving for an immersive experience, Usher aimed to envelop the audience in a spectacle that combined various elements of his career, much like his 100-show Las Vegas residency titled “My Way.”

Despite the grandeur of the Super Bowl halftime show, performers are traditionally not paid beyond the union scale, a fact that underscores the event’s exposure value rather than financial gain. The NFL covers all production costs and ensures the artists are compensated according to union standards, but the true reward lies in the global audience reach. Past performers have seen significant boosts in album sales, streaming figures, and social media following post-performance, highlighting the show’s impact on an artist’s career.

Usher’s participation in the Super Bowl comes at a strategic time, coinciding with the release of his new album “Coming Home” and the announcement of his upcoming tour. While the halftime show may not have come with a paycheck, the exposure and timing are likely to translate into considerable benefits for Usher’s music and tour sales, proving that some opportunities are indeed priceless.


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