Usher announced as Super Bowl halftime performer

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Usher's got a new confession: He's your Super Bowl halftime performer.

The NFL and Apple Music announced Sunday that Usher, the beloved R&B singer, will take the highly anticipated halftime slot. Reality star Kim Kardashian broke the news using the opening of his "Confessions, Pt. II" music video.

"I finally got the answer to those rumors. It's not about me. It's about you," Kardashian says. "You're doing the Super Bowl."

"Quit playing with me, man," Usher responds in the recycled clip.

Usher, whose full name is Usher Raymond, reposted the announcement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, and in his own post simply wrote: "LAS VEGAS. APPLE MUSIC HALFTIME SHOW. #SBLVIII"

He called it the "honor of a lifetime" and a moment to cross off his bucket list in a news release.

“I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before,” he said. “Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”

Seth Dudowsky, the NFL's head of music, said in a statement that it would be another halftime for the history books.

"Usher is an icon whose music has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape throughout his career, we couldn't be more excited to have him headline this year's Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show," he said.

Usher has a residency in Las Vegas at the Park MGM, which Kardashian refers to in the sketch. She instructs him that the halftime performance will have to be different from his current show.

The Super Bowl halftime slot is one of the top-viewed television events of the year. Rihanna had the most-watched halftime in February, with more than 121 million viewers, narrowly beating Katy Perry's 2015 performance, according to Billboard.

Past Super Bowl headliners include Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Prince, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones and Madonna. Some years, performers do the entire show as a solo act, while other years it is done by a group of artists, such as last year's hip hop tribute with Eminem, Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige.

The Super Bowl will be Feb. 11 Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium.

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