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Why Justin Bieber Didn’t Join Usher’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Why Justin Bieber Didn’t Join Usher’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
  • Justin Bieber didn't perform with Usher during his big Super Bowl halftime show.

  • The singers have a song together "Somebody to Love," and Usher did ask Justin to join him onstage.

  • It's not totally clear why Justin didn't want to perform, but it seemed like he made a last-minute decision.


Usher’s big Super Bowl halftime show featured hit after hit, including a duet with Alicia Keys and a guest appearance from H.E.R., but Justin Bieber never joined his music mentor on stage. Justin was asked, however, and was at the Super Bowl. Usher and Justin have a song together, “Somebody to Love,” that they could’ve performed.

Shortly before the halftime show began, Justin was photographed in the stands, sitting with his wife, Hailey Bieber. He did not explain why he didn’t join on social media.

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Justin seemed to make a last-minute decision not to join. Even earlier on Sunday, Justin performing was still a real possibility. TMZ reported that Usher “has been hitting up Justin Bieber lately to talk about the prospect of JB joining him during the Super Bowl Halftime Show... which now sounds like a very real possibility. Still no word on whether Justin agreed—but we know they’ve been chatting...A LOT.”

Speculation was already high going into Sunday, as Justin was photographed arriving in Las Vegas with the Kardashians on Saturday.

But Justin, despite all the talking with Usher and the invitation, chose not to go on stage.

It would’ve been Justin’s second performance of 2024. He last performed a more intimate show (at least compared to the Super Bowl) at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto following the NHL All-Star player draft on February 1.

Justin canceled the rest of his Justice World Tour dates at the end of last February. He has kept a pretty low profile in the months since.

A source told People in August that Justin has been working on new music though. “Justin’s been working on his new record for the last six months. Scooter and SB Projects have not set up one session or done one thing for this [new] record. The relationship with Scooter has run its course.”

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