Usher has reflected on the challenge of creating a viral moment within the confines of the brief halftime show window as he discussed the pressure to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression in just 13 minutes on one of the world's biggest stages.
During a press conference with Apple Music on Thursday, the 45-year-old R&B icon discussed the process of crafting a Super Bowl LVIII halftime show performance that encompasses his entire career while ensuring it meets expectations without falling short.
Usher shared about his upcoming set, "I gotta do it in 13 minutes," adding, "That makes it a bit difficult."
The Hey Daddy crooner added that "it's definitely been a challenge to squeeze 30 years into 13 minutes."
When questioned about his approach to crafting the set list for his performance, Usher mentioned the existence of "fantasy lists" circulating, containing ideal performers and songs. He acknowledged these lists as he curated his own set list.
Usher responded, "I was very mindful of my past, celebrating my present — which is here in Las Vegas — and thinking about where we're headed in the future," adding, "That was really the idea."
Usher described how he reflected on his well-known songs and acknowledged the journey of "life, love, and emotion" conveyed through his music.
"I thought about a few moments that were special in dance. I thought about some things that I had created here in Las Vegas like skating and doing things that I had not done on stage up until this point to be able to share that with the world," he explained.
The Yeah! artist continued, "For everybody that heard about my show in Las Vegas, you'll now get a chance to see some of what I did here. But you're going to get the best of it because it's before 60,000 people in this room — and hopefully 180,000 people, 80 million people for the world to see."
Following his halftime show performance at Super Bowl LVIII and the conclusion of his Las Vegas residency, Usher will commence a tour across North America.