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Usher has rightfully earned the distinction as of the best performers of his generation. The pop star that made his debut in 1993 on the soundtrack of the Janet Jackson/Tupac film Poetic Justice continues to evolve as an artist. We've compiled highlights from his televised performances that include sharing the stage with Michael Jackson, paying homage to Luther Vandross, and bringing to life music from his own multiplatinum catalog.
The BET Awards, "Yeah" (2004)
Usher's opening for his 2004 BET Awards performance easily set him apart from his competition. Along with two background dancers and support from harnesses, he pulled off his intricate hip-hop choreography while on an illuminated platform slanted at a 45-degree angle. Honestly, Spider-Man could not have scaled the wall any better. The rest of the number included Usher's usual high-energy routines and explosive guest appearances from Lil Jon and Ludacris.
The Grammy Awards, "OMG" (2011)
In 2011, the veteran performer proved that he was still the king of the stage, sharing a moment with his protégé Justin Bieber, along with Jaden Smith. After Bieber sang "Baby" and "Never Say Never" with Smith, Usher appeared (at 3:45 mark), executing some of his best-choreographed moves.
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, "You Rock My World" (2001)
Sharing the stage with his idol Michael Jackson was an obvious career highlight for Usher. As Jackson began to close "You Rock My World" for the anniversary special that aired on CBS, Usher entered doing a forward version of Jackson's signature moonwalk. Jackson loved the quick face-off that peaked when comedian Chris Tucker joined them to do his own Jackson impression.
The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Superstar" (2005)
Usher is primarily known for his dance records, but he showed impressive strength at singing ballads when covering Luther Vandross's classic "Superstar" during a tribute on The Oprah Winfrey Show in September 2005 just months after Vandross's passing. Considering Vandross is regarded by many as R&B's all-time favorite balladeer, this was a bold move for Usher, but he sounded great. Usher's version appears on So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.
The Apollo, "You Make Me Wanna" (2007)
Usher was on the verge of superstardom when he released his sophomore album, My Way, in the summer of 1997, and that was evident in his stage presence when he played the historical Apollo. The then-teen singer had mastered engaging the lively audience. He knew when to sing, when to appease the crowd's singalong to his first pop hit, and when to put the microphone down and simply dance.
The BET Awards, "U Don't Have to Call" (2002)
Usher rolled out the dramatic effects for this BETs appearance. He played up his sex appeal by starting the routine off lying in bed shirtless. After getting dressed, he jumped down from the 10-foot platform and met his background dancers centerstage. Later, a riser elevated him for a hip-hop dance sequence that wrapped in a circle of flames.