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Super Bowl 2024: Justin Bieber trended on social media as fans hoped in vain he would mentor Usher during halftime performance … in which Alicia Keys and Ludacris made cameos

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Fans of Justin Bieber on Sunday took en masse to social media to express their hopes he would join Usher onstage for the halftime show of at Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas – and later vent their displeasure when he failed to show up on the stage. 

Bieber, 29, had been pictured sitting in the stands to take in the Kansas City Chiefs-San Francisco 49ers game for the NFL championship alongside his spouse, model Hailey Bieber, 27.  

Amid his spotted presence, a number of fans posted to social media their hopes he would join Usher onstage for the halftime performance.

But the Baby singer did not wind up appearing in the segment – which included cameos from Alicia Keys, Lil Jon and Ludacris – disappointing some viewers who hoped he would join his one-time mentor onstage.

‘Luda and Lil John were awesome. Alicia Keys is a queen, but I wanted Justin Bieber,’ while another said,

Usher was pictured during his performance Sunday

Fans of Justin Bieber, 29, on Sunday took en masse to social media to express their hopes he would join his mentor Usher, 45, onstage for the halftime show of at Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas 

‘I REALLY THOUGHT JUSTIN BIEBER WAS GOING TO COME OUT’ with a series of teary-eyed emojis.

Another fan said they were underwhelmed with the overall presentation: ‘THAT’S IT???? usher’s done????? justin bieber and taylor swift are NOT coming out????’

Not everyone was disappointed that the Canadian superstar remained in the stands, with some saying Usher held his own in the biggest showcase of his career.

One viewer said, ‘Thank GOD there was no justin bieber.’

Said one fan: ‘Usher killed it fr, and he didn’t bring out Justin Bieber. Massive W.’

One fan addressed Bieber saying, ‘You could have gone on for a couple seconds!’

One user put up a meme of an upset sports fan destroying a TV set, captioning the image, ‘No Justin Bieber during Usher’s halftime show.’ 

One user posted a meme of a man crying, with the caption, ‘Justin bieber fans on their way to work tomorrow after he didn’t join usher for the halftime show and let the fans relive their childhood.’ 

The Canadian singer sported a beard as he was seen in the stands at Sunday's game

The Canadian singer sported a beard as he was seen in the stands at Sunday’s game 

Usher donned multiple ensembles in his halftime performance on Sunday

Usher donned multiple ensembles in his halftime performance on Sunday 

The singer was pictured with longtime collaborator Alicia Keys onstage at the show

The singer was pictured with longtime collaborator Alicia Keys onstage at the show 

Multiple fans made clear they were upset when Bieber did not appear on the stage

Multiple fans made clear they were upset when Bieber did not appear on the stage 

One user put up a meme of an upset sports fan destroying a TV set, captioning the image, 'No Justin Bieber during Usher's halftime show'

One user put up a meme of an upset sports fan destroying a TV set, captioning the image, ‘No Justin Bieber during Usher’s halftime show’

Some fans on Sunday expressed their discontent with Bieber's absence at the halftime show

Some fans on Sunday expressed their discontent with Bieber’s absence at the halftime show 

Not all viewers were upset by Bieber not accompanying Usher onto the grand stage

Not all viewers were upset by Bieber not accompanying Usher onto the grand stage 

A number of viewers expressed their anticipation for a potential outing from Bieber prior to the performance.

One posted a shot of Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni weeping during the National Anthem of last year’s Super Bowl, writing, ‘Me if usher doesn’t bring out justin bieber for somebody to love.’ 

Another posted a shot of a melancholy Ryan Gosling at the Golden Globe awards, saying, ‘justin bieber when they tell him everyone is waiting on him to perform at the superbowl with usher.’

A fan posted an image of an ecstatic Jeremy Allen White, writing, ‘wait justin bieber is actually in Vegas.’

Sources on Friday told TMZ that Usher had been seeking to persuade Bieber to join him onstage for the outing.

Bieber, who Usher inked to his record label in 2008, took the stage in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena earlier this month after taking time off amid health issues stemming from a bout of Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

Usher‘s road to the biggest stage of his career came after more than three decades of experience, and a stellar career in which he’s showcased his talents as a singer, songwriter and dancer. 

With the massive stage in the midst of the NFL’s final contest of the season, Usher followed in the footsteps of famed luminaries to have headlined the halftime show previously, including the late Michael Jackson and Prince; as well as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Dr. Dre.   

A  number of viewers expressed their anticipation for a potential outing from Bieber prior to the performance

A  number of viewers expressed their anticipation for a potential outing from Bieber prior to the performance 

The Dallas native in his career has released nine studio albums: 1994’s Usher, 1997’s My Way, 2001’s 8701, 2004’s Confessions, 2008’s Here I Stand, 2010’s Raymond v. Raymond, 2012’s Looking 4 Myself, 2016’s Hard II Love and this year’s Coming Home, which was released Friday.

His greatest professional success to date, both critically and commercially, came 20 years ago with the 2004 album Confessions, which spawned the hit signals Yeah!, Burn, Confessions Part II and My Boo, selling more than 10 million units domestically.

The album – which featured collaborations with Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Lil Jon – was a big winner at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005, as Usher took home three awards: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (for Yeah!); Best Contemporary R&B Album (for Confessions); and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (for My Boo).

The singer, in all, has had nine number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in his career to date: 1998’s Nice & Slow; 2001’s U Got It Bad and U Got It Bad; 2004’s Yeah!, Burn, Confessions Part II and My Boo; 2008’s Love in This Club and 2010’s OMG. 

In his personal life, the R&B staple, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV, has been married twice: to Tameka Foster, 53, from 2007 thru 2009; and to Grace Harry from 2015 to 2018. 

He is father to four children: sons Usher ‘Cinco’ Raymond V, 16, and Naviyd Ely, 15, with Foster; and daughter Sovereign Bo, three, and son Sire Castrello, two, with girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea, 40.

Following the halftime show, Usher’s focus will be toward a 24-city North American tour titled Past Present Future, with an opening date of August 20 at Washington D.C.’s Capital One Arena, running through October 29 with a date at the United Center in Chicago. The tour is set to stop in locales including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and Toronto. 

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