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Usher, the R&B superstar and eight-time Grammy winner, gave an emotional farewell to his fans at his final show of his My Way Las Vegas residency at Dolby Live on Saturday, December 3, 2023. He broke down in tears during the last song, “Confessions Part II”, and thanked his fans, crew, and family for their support. He also announced that he will be performing at the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in 2024, making him the first artist to headline the event twice.
The singer, who has sold over 80 million records worldwide and has been dubbed the “King of R&B” by many, delivered a spectacular performance that spanned his 25-year career, from his debut album Usher (1994) to his latest release Confessions 3 (2021). He sang and danced to his biggest hits, such as “Yeah!”, “Burn”, “U Remind Me”, “OMG”, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”, and “My Way”, among others. He also paid tribute to his late friend and collaborator, Jermaine Dupri, who passed away earlier this year due to complications from COVID-19. Dupri was the producer and co-writer of many of Usher’s songs, including “Confessions Part II”.
Usher was joined on stage by several guest stars, such as Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Justin Bieber, and Chris Brown, who performed with him and praised his legacy and influence. He also had a special surprise for his fans, as he revealed that he will be performing at the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in 2024, which will take place at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Usher previously performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show in 2011, alongside the Black Eyed Peas, Slash, and will.i.am. He said that he was honored and excited to return to the biggest stage in the world, and promised to “bring the heat” and “make history”.
Usher expressed his gratitude and appreciation to his fans, crew, and family, especially his wife Grace Miguel and his four children, Usher V, Naviyd, Sovereign, and Legend. He said that they were his inspiration and motivation, and that he loved them with all his heart. He also thanked his fans for their loyalty and support throughout his career, and for making his Las Vegas residency a success. He said that he felt blessed and humbled by their love, and that he hoped to see them again soon. He said that this was not goodbye, but see you later. He ended his show by saying, “I love you, Vegas. Thank you for everything.”
Usher’s My Way Las Vegas residency was a hit with critics and audiences
Usher’s My Way Las Vegas residency was a hit with critics and audiences, featuring his greatest hits and spectacular choreography, costumes, and stage design. He performed 12 shows from July 2021 to December 2023, selling out most of them and earning rave reviews. He also hosted an immersive afterparty experience called A Taste of Passion, where he made appearances and interacted with his fans.
The residency, which was named after his 1997 album My Way, was a celebration of Usher’s musical journey and achievements. He showcased his versatility and talent as a singer, dancer, and entertainer, performing songs from different genres and eras, such as R&B, pop, hip-hop, soul, and dance. He also incorporated elements of his influences and inspirations, such as Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder. He dazzled the audience with his stunning visuals and effects, such as pyrotechnics, lasers, holograms, and dancers. He also changed his outfits several times, wearing suits, jackets, hats, and sunglasses, among others.
The residency received acclaim from critics and fans alike, who praised Usher’s vocals, energy, charisma, and stage presence. Some of the reviews were:
- “Usher is a master of his craft, and he proves it with every move and note he delivers. His My Way Las Vegas residency is a must-see for anyone who loves music and entertainment.” – Rolling Stone
- “Usher brings the house down with his My Way Las Vegas residency, which is a spectacular showcase of his hits and skills. He is a legend in the making, and he knows how to make his fans happy.” – Billboard
- “Usher is a force of nature, and he shows it with his My Way Las Vegas residency, which is a dazzling display of his artistry and personality. He is a true entertainer, and he makes every moment count.” – Entertainment Weekly
The residency also featured an exclusive afterparty experience called A Taste of Passion, which was held at the Dolby Lounge, a VIP area within the Dolby Live venue. The afterparty was a chance for Usher and his fans to mingle and have fun, as he played DJ, bartender, and host. He also performed some of his songs and invited some of his guest stars to join him. The afterparty was a unique and intimate way for Usher to connect with his fans and thank them for their support.
Usher delivered an emotional and unforgettable performance at his final show of his My Way Las Vegas residency, leaving his fans in awe and anticipation for his next venture. He proved once again why he is one of the most talented and influential artists of his generation, and why his music will always make us want to dance and sing along.
Usher has been a dominant force in the music industry since he debuted in 1994, when he was only 15 years old. He has released nine studio albums, four live albums, and numerous singles and collaborations, earning him eight Grammy Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, nine Soul Train Music Awards, and many other accolades. He has also ventured into acting, producing, and philanthropy, appearing in films such as The Faculty, She’s All That, Light It Up, In the Mix, and Hands of Stone, and supporting causes such as education, health, and social justice. He has been recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and by Billboard as the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade.
Usher has also been a pioneer and innovator in the music scene, blending different genres and styles, and creating new trends and sounds. He has been credited with popularizing the crunk and R&B fusion, which spawned hits such as “Yeah!”, “Lovers and Friends”, and “Yeah 3x”. He has also been a mentor and inspiration for many young artists, such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, and The Weeknd, who have followed his footsteps and achieved success in their own right.
Usher has shown no signs of slowing down, as he prepares for his next big challenge: performing at the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in 2024. He will be the first artist to headline the event twice, after his memorable appearance in 2011. He will also be the first artist to perform at the Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders. He has promised to deliver a show-stopping performance that will make history and thrill his fans.
As he said in his final words, “This is not goodbye, this is see you later. I love you, Vegas. Thank you for everything.” Usher has left a lasting mark on Las Vegas, and on the hearts of his fans. He has given us a taste of his passion, and we can’t wait for more.