Usher shares insight into why Justin Bieber passed on Super Bowl Halftime Show invite

    Usher sheds light on Justin Bieber's decision to decline an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.

    Usher and Justin Bieber (Source: X)

    Usher and Justin Bieber (Source: X)

    Following Justin Bieber's first performance in a year at the 2024 NHL All-Star Game earlier this month, speculation soared about the Canadian superstar's potential surprise appearance at Usher's Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show. However, despite the anticipation, that moment never materialized, and Usher has now disclosed the reason behind it.

    In a conversation with The Breakfast Club, Usher confirmed that he had reached out to Bieber, but the singer essentially declined the invitation. "I honor and recognize the fact that my brother… I think it might have just been that he’s just wanting to tell a different story right now, and I did understand that," Usher said in the teaser clip. He also mentioned that they plan to collaborate in the future.

    Usher at the 2024 Super Bowl (Source: X)

    Usher and Bieber's Enduring Friendship

    In 2022, Bieber was set to kick off his Justice world tour, but it was eventually canceled to allow him to prioritize his health. Usher and Bieber share a longstanding friendship and professional connection that dates back to the early days of Bieber's career. They also collaborated on the song Somebody to Love, featured on Bieber's debut album.

    Bieber and his wife, Hailey, were present at the game and were spotted dancing during halftime. Usher remarked that "[Bieber is] going to perform at the Super Bowl," expressing his belief that the singer's career merits such recognition.

    Justin Bieber (Source: France 24)

    After the 2024 Super Bowl, Bieber ook to Instagram on Monday to congratulate the R&B superstar on his career-spanning halftime show. Bieber, who famously collaborated with Usher at the beginning of his career, posted a photo of the hitmaker's headlining performance on the field of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and offered a heartfelt shout-out in the caption.

    He further praised the Grammy winner's 13-minute performance, highlighting impressive choreography and a setlist packed with hits such as Caught Up, Love in This Club, OMG, and Yeah!, among others.