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Super Bowl halftime show 2024 live updates, reviews on Usher and other performances | Sporting News

Get your popcorn ready.

Super Bowl 58 promises to be an enthralling watch. Between the Chiefs, 49ers, Taylor Swift and the various other luminaries expected to watch on during the contest, there’s plenty of starlight slated to be in attendance for the big game.

And yet the centerpiece of it all is the R&B king from Chattanooga.

Usher is one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation, a singing and dancing phenom shaped by past performers like Michael Jackson and Prince.

Much like his predecessors, he’ll get a chance to get his name up in lights; Usher will be offering his vocal chops for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

It’s an honor 30 years in the making for Usher, an eight-time Grammy Award winner who has sold over a 100 million records worldwide.

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He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, obviously. Whether you love him or hate him, however, you’ll be watching. We don’t blame you, either.

The Sporting News is tracking live updates from Sunday’s Super Bowl 58 halftime show. Follow below for highlights, reviews and more as Usher looks to cement his legacy under the glittering Allegiant Stadium lights.

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Super Bowl 2024 halftime show live updates

7:55 p.m.: We’re only two (in-game) minutes away! The anticipation is killing me!

7:35 p.m.: The internet works quickly. Just moments after Travis Kelce went viral for a kerfuffle he instigated with head coach Andy Reid, Twitter got a hang of it.

7:30 p.m.: Sister, sister! Looks like Tia Mowery is one of us! The daytime television host had her say about Usher’s showcase…and the football game that sandwiches it.

7:15 p.m.: We’re through the first 15 minutes in Las Vegas. Still knotted up at 0-0. However, who really cares? We’re here for one thing and one thing only. And we can all relate to how Adele was feeling in this clip just about now.

6:50 p.m.: Another dignitary is throwing his support for the 45-year old R&B darling: Elmo. The furry red dynamo served up some positive words for his comrade on X, the website formerly known as Twitter.

6:40 p.m.: Usher will have his work cut out for him. Not only will he be expected to put on a showcase in front of the masses. He’ll also have to compete with a certain Peter Griffin for the honor of best showman.

6:10 p.m.: It’s all in the details for Usher, whose shawl features a portrait of Black Jesus.

5:50 p.m.: Usher is in the building. The eight-time Grammy Award winner was caught strutting into Allegiant Stadium in a shawl-like garment.

5:40 p.m.: As a reminder, Usher won’t be paid for tonight’s performance. However, he likely won’t be too bothered. Super Bowl halftime showcases tend to be accompanied by a major boost in the performing artist’s sales. With a new album just released, expect Usher to see some serious aftershocks in terms of streaming numbers.

5:30 p.m.: Those attending Sunday’s contest will be receiving a lanyard spotlighted with Usher’s image, one that will flash during the R&B starlet’s halftime show.

How to watch Usher in the Super Bowl 58 halftime show

The Super Bowl 58 halftime show will be broadcast on CBS following the end of the second quarter of the 49ers vs. Chiefs’ clash. Cord-cutters can find the action on Paramount+ or fubo, which offers a free trial for new subscribers.

Super Bowl halftime show start time

  • 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. local time (approximate time)

With Super Bowl 58 starting at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time), halftime should be ~8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local time).

It’s an inexact science, admittedly. NFL games are fairly unpredictable, with various stoppages scuppering the flow of the game.

Still, if you’re wanting to view Usher’s showcase in its entirety, you’re better off flocking to the television around 8 o’clock ET. That’s around when the football should cease, if only for a fleeting moment.

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How long is the Super Bowl halftime show?

The halftime is usually about 15-20 minutes long, so the performance should be roughly 10 songs, some truncated and remixed.

Rihanna’s halftime show at last year’s Super Bowl lasted 13 minutes, for comparison.

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