Now that I have had about 48 hours to process the Super Bowl, I finally feel ready to discuss it. I am not talking about the catastrophe of another Chief’s win. No, I am talking about Usher’s halftime performance.

I love Usher. I grew up listening to his songs almost every day. I have vivid memories of being in gym class, running laps to “More” and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love.” So, when the NFL announced Usher as this year’s singer, I was so excited!

Because of this nostalgia, I feel it’s only fair to discuss the things that Usher did right, starting with his roller skates. Watching a grown man on roller skates was the absolute last thing I imagined seeing. 

I legitimately did a double take as he rolled right out onto the stage, as if this was a normal practice for performers. I loved it! It’s one of my current Roman Empires (a trend that has been circulating the internet for months now about the things we cannot stop thinking about). 

Another fabulous aspect of Usher’s performance was the guests he selected to sing with him: Alicia Keys, H.E.R., will.i.am, Ludacris and Lil Jon. Seeing that my favorite song of all time is “Yeah!,” I almost passed out when Ludacris and Lil Jon took the stage. In my humble opinion, the three of them reuniting to sing the world’s greatest song was honestly better than the game itself. 

Now, despite the roller skates and reunions with former collaborators, Usher could have done more (pun fully intended). His smash hits of  “More,” “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” “Scream” and “I Don’t Mind” were forgotten about. He also neglected to play PART II of “Confessions,” which is the best part! 

Usher also chose to play slower songs. Seeing that he was performing at the Super Bowl, I strongly feel that he should have included more upbeat and popular hits. Another notable song missing was “Somebody to Love: Remix (Featuring Usher)” by Justin Beiber. All week long, rumors swirled about Justin taking center stage with Usher to reunite, and quite frankly, break the internet. These rumors only grew when Justin was spotted sitting in the audience. But Justin never showed up on stage. Hearts around the world (or at least hearts in Dolan Hall) were shattered.

While his performance was entertaining,  Usher could have brought more of his A-game to the stage. 

For those of you who did not watch the performance, I urge you to. You can view Usher’s halftime show here. 

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