With Rihanna’s long-awaited Super Bowl performance in the rearview mirror, people are naturally buzzing about who should deliver the next halftime show. When people began to suggest that Usher should hold the honor, however, one user shared a hot take that swiftly ignited some controversy!
One User Questioned If Usher Has Enough ‘Pop/Hip-Hop Hits’
As people began to hype up the idea of a prospective Usher halftime performance in the future, one user chimed in by proclaiming that she doesn’t believe “he has enough pop/hip-hop hits” to do so.
“I know y’all think Usher should perform the next SB but I don’t think he has enough pop/hip-hop hits.”
I know y’all think Usher should perform the next SB but I don’t think he has enough pop/hip-hop hits.
— Dear Ashley… (@asj519) February 13, 2023
Twitter Defends Usher’s Honor
Instantly, the Twitter masses honed in on the user’s statement, and they began poppin’ off in the quote tweets!
Many users expressed their utter disbelief in the notion that Usher wouldn’t be able to pull off a stellar Super Bowl performance.
Y’all disrespect Usher so much like that ain’t Beyoncé’s only peer in this music shit. It’s so fucking insane to me. He’s is just as much as a performer as she is and WAY better than JLO. Yet y’all wanna believe he couldn’t do the Super Bowl??? With his DISCOGRAPHY?!
— NOT A$AP ROCKY FENTY JR II. (@GlamazonJay) February 13, 2023
In what world does Usher not have enough pop/hiphop hits to perform at the Super Bowl??? https://t.co/RjAa4FT6kl pic.twitter.com/9JT74uTQbu
— Bella Goth | Tisha Campbell News ☀️ (@WickedNFine) February 13, 2023
Who told this lady that the halftime show has to be pop? https://t.co/RijkIndMky pic.twitter.com/MNMMDZ4SOT
— Syntactic Sugar Daddy (@F12Riseup) February 13, 2023
Usher?! Like Usher Usher?! Like Usher Raymond?! https://t.co/ds1bDPcWRH pic.twitter.com/po9daNW9mO
— Varnell Hill (@DreBeKnowing) February 13, 2023
Others proceeded to break down how Usher has more than enough popular jams for a great halftime show.
here why often times, y’all should sit out of music conversations
1. pop hits = POPular hits
2. pop hits can fall under any genre as long as it’s POPular
3. usher’s has 52 songs enters the billboard top 100. 18 songs were top 10 hits. 9 songs were number 1
so yes, he has enough https://t.co/HCEVKu516o
— bayou (@bayoubabineaux) February 13, 2023
Them white people gone fall out off the strength of “yeah” alone. Please be serious. 😂
And though we trip on his oontz oontz era, everyone else loved it. https://t.co/9r5UDxyssa
— We’re Losing Recipes! (@SoualiganAmazon) February 13, 2023
Everyone having opinions on pop culture stuff without doing any research is crazy to me https://t.co/d1AISCIPfc
— Romeo S 🇭🇹🇩🇴 (@PalIahAbdul) February 13, 2023
You Don’t Have To Call
Love In This Club
I Don’t Mind
You Make Me Wanna
& let’s not forget he can add the ballads in there because Rihanna did. Don’t play with Usher during Black History Month 😒😒😒 https://t.co/ibal5BpJjn
— King Bee (@_beenykole_) February 14, 2023
It was also alleged that, judging by some of the artists who’ve performed over the past few years, Usher is more than worthy of the honor.
The WEEKND had enough hits but Usher doesn’t? pic.twitter.com/jlpXW6iLmI
— Notorious DIRI 🇭🇹 (@Mahottie) February 13, 2023
Ultimately, there were plenty of people admiring the ratio as others users declared that were just enjoying the discourse.
This is an insane ratio 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/WCxnyyJe3l pic.twitter.com/0j58RKdMGC
— ⚜️ (@RobbBeaux) February 13, 2023
Everybody collectively getting on your ass during #BlackHistoryMonth https://t.co/sZ7Q2gFars pic.twitter.com/1VWJ6mjQ9B
— Shop: The S.R.C (@SunshineScottee) February 13, 2023
Just here to smoke on this pack https://t.co/3EIh0tiH4H pic.twitter.com/qYVqeMvV0c
— Dr. (In Thuganomics) QuaMonstarG (@QuaMonstarG) February 13, 2023
OP Doubles Down: ‘Beyoncé Would Be A Better Choice’
All this backlash resulted in the original poster leaving a reply and slamming the critics as for “being intentionally obtuse.” She also elaborated on her initial statement by clarifying that it’s “not a diss to Usher the artist.” Instead, she merely didn’t think he has “enough *pop* hits for a *13* min medley performance.”
She also ended by proclaiming, “Beyoncé would be a better choice.”
Y’all are being intentionally obtuse. Not R&B. Pop. Crossover hits. He doesn’t have enough *pop* hits for a *13* min medley performance. It’ll be ok. That’s not a diss to Usher the artist. Bc you don’t think they would’ve considered him? 🙄. Beyoncé would be a better choice.
— Dear Ashley… (@asj519) February 13, 2023
Do you think Usher is a good contender to perform at a future Super Bowl halftime show? Additionally, do you think that R&B has a place at these events, or should they stick to pop and hip-hop acts?