Rolling Stone Ranks Usher #4 Behind Michael Jackson & Prince on List of Best Male-Headlined Super Bowl Halftime Shows of All Time

Published: Friday 16th Feb 2024 by Rashad

Usher‘s highly anticipated headlining gig of the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday (February 11) helped the big game run into record books as the most-watched television program in history.

Among the eyes glued to the electrifying showing were the good folks at ‘Rolling Stone’ who were clearly pleased with what they saw.

So much so, they have already updated their ‘greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows’ list to include the R&B crooner in its higher rankings.

Details inside.

Armed with high octane choreography and a brigade of dancers, the ‘Yeah‘ hitmaker A-Town stomped all up and through the Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium to a megamix of his greatest hits including ‘U Got It Bad,’ ‘My Boo,’ ‘Caught Up,’ ‘Nice & Slow,’ and more.

Scoring a critical touchdown with his dedicated fans, the 45-year-old also had a slew of celebrities like Chris Brown, Jill Scott, Serena Williams, Anita Baker, and others singing his praises.

Among the latest to make headlines for cheering on the R&B crooner is ‘Rolling Stone,’ which ranked his set as the fourth greatest male-led halftime show in history.  Per their list, only Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and Prince‘s respective headlining gigs were better.

In fitting company given that Ush said his show would be a nod to their respective legacies.  Speaking on the 8x GRAMMY winner, the mag said:

“[He] didn’t go for big thrills or surprises in his set—just the Atlanta love man luxuriating in his comfort zone with glitzy confidence. Usher did a millennial- friendly set of 2000s R&B love-in-the-club oldies, with old friends like Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Jermaine Dupri,” they relayed.

Look below to see where he ranked on the overall list.

‘RS’ Picks for Greatest Halftime Shows (Overall)

1 – Prince

2 – U2

3 – Beyonce

4 – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar

5 – Aerosmith, Britney Spears, ‘NSync, Nelly & Mary J. Blige

6 – Shakira & Jennifer Lopez

7 – Bruce Springsteen

8 – Rihanna

9 – Madonna

10 – Lady Gaga

11 – Rolling Stones

12 – Katy Perry

13 – Paul McCartney

14 – Michael Jackson

15 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

16 – Coldplay, Beyonce, & Bruno Mars

17 – Diana Ross

18 – Usher

19 – Bruno Mars

20 – The Weeknd

Click here to see the full list.

[main photo source: Getty Images]

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  1. dee February 16, 2024

    how is mj 14?

  2. Eric February 16, 2024

    Rihanna wins greatest spectacle ever with those floating platforms. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like it again.

    • Saynotofarts February 17, 2024

      Cool. A floating platform with a cow who doesn’t move singing flat over thousands of people.

    • Ms.Ling Ling February 17, 2024

      that was the most laziest halftime show I ever seen. why not use birth control before the performance. so unprofessional.

  3. Char lee February 17, 2024

    When will they finally honor the queen Mariah Carey? They need to giver her damn flowers to her because she deserves it! She got all the hits!!! And don’t forget that most of them are #1 and written by her! Lover her lol.

  4. Saynotofarts February 17, 2024

    Rolling stone is a woke propaganda pos publication that isn’t worth much more than toilet paper these days.

  5. Sjl February 17, 2024

    Usher should be higher than this. MJ is 14 because he ruined an incredible performance with a creepy children’s anthem that went way too long. He should’ve shelved the children’s anthem because all it did was make him look creepy and continued with other hits.

  6. Ms.Ling Ling February 17, 2024

    s h i t ty stone don’t know what they doing. Poor taste! How come Pregnant Rihanna is better than Madonna, GaGa and Katy Perry. That lazy ho was barely moving on the stage. meanwhile the other 3 dance their ass off.

  7. Eagle February 17, 2024

    No Nicki 🫣

  8. Gworl Bye February 17, 2024

    I stopped paying Rolling Stone any mind when they declared Lady Gaga the new Queen of Pop lol.

  9. Tastic February 17, 2024

    Michael Jackson

  10. Amy February 17, 2024

    There are two types of half time shows: BEFORE MJ and AFTER MJ.
    Rolling stone is out of their mind for putting him at 14. The disrespect continues even in his death.

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