LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — Usher has a new confession: The Grammy winner will headline the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show in Las Vegas.
The NFL, Apple Music and Roc Nation announced Sunday that Usher would lead the half-time festivities from Allegiant Stadium on February 11.
The music megastar, who has won eight Grammys, said he's looking forward to performing on the NFL's biggest stage.
"It's an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list," Usher said in a statement. "I can't wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they've seen from me before."
Usher springboarded into superstardom with Confessions, which sold more than 10 million units in the US and earned him eight nominations at the 2005 Grammys, winning him three. He lost album of the year to Ray Charles' final album Genius Loves Company, released two months after the legend died.
Usher, 44, is currently headlining his 'Usher: My Way' residency in Las Vegas, which has drawn sold-out shows and rave reviews. He's also beginning an eight-night block of performances in Paris on Sunday. Usher is expected to wrap up his Las Vegas residency in early December before he makes his Super Bowl half-time appearance a couple months later.
The singer has served as a coach on NBC's The Voice and appeared in several films including Hustlers and Light It Up.
Roc Nation founder Jay-Z called Usher the ultimate "artist and showman".
"Ever since his debut at the age of 15, he's been charting his own unique course," he said of Usher, who released his debut self-titled album in 1994. In total, he's released eight studio projects that were filled with hits including U Got It Bad, U Remind Me, You Make Me Wanna, Nice & Slow, and Love In This Club with Jeezy.
"We are so proud of what we were able to accomplish together with the NFL and Roc Nation last year and now with the insanely talented Usher set to take the stage we're looking forward to another incredible Halftime Show from one of the world's all-time greatest performers," said Oliver Schusser, Apple's Vice-President of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Sports, and Beats.
Usher will join a list of celebrated musicians who have played during Super Bowl half-time shows, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and Katy Perry.