It was a performance to remember!
Usher took the stage for the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show, making waves not only with his iconic hits but also by sharing the spotlight with Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South marching band and two members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He kicked off his first-ever Super Bowl show, drawing in a massive audience of 30.1 million households–five percent more than Rihanna’s 2023 show, according to TV intelligence company Samba TV.
Throughout the show, the Sonic Boom of the South marched onto the field, providing a dynamic and visually stunning backdrop to Usher’s vocals and choreography. The band’s precision and high-energy routines showcased why they are one of the most dynamic and entertaining marching bands in the country. Social media erupted with praise for the Sonic Boom of the South and their impressive multitasking abilities. One commenter on the band’s Instagram page, Meeksparks, highlighted their achievements, saying, “Performing with Drake and J Cole, at Legacy Classic, and a home game in the SAME DAY, while preparing for the Super Bowl with Usher and other artists… all during Black History Month. What can The Boom NOT do? 😭”
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Adding an extra layer of excitement, two members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity joined Usher on stage, bringing their signature shimmy and cane twirling to the halftime performance. The duo’s charismatic moves added a unique touch to the show, pairing perfectly with Usher’s iconic style. Kappa Alpha Psi took to Instagram to express their pride in the performance, stating, “The Nupes brought electrifying energy and timeless presence to the biggest event of the year! Shoutout to the Nupes for performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.” They also acknowledged the specific members who represented the fraternity on stage – Havier Hill Roller and Darryl Hill, Jr.
Usher’s performance was a star-studded affair, featuring collaborations with Alicia Keys for a rendition of “My Boo,” a soul-stirring guitar solo by H.E.R., and appearances by will.i.am, Ludacris, Lil Jon, and Jermaine Dupri. The diverse lineup celebrated musical excellence and facets of Black culture, contributing to a night of unforgettable entertainment and cultural significance.
Cover Photo: Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South & Kappa Alpha Psi Joins Usher for Super Bowl Performance / Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images/Roc Nation