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Usher Raymond IV is an American R&B singer who was born on October 14, 1978.
He was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before migrating to Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Dallas, Texas.
His mother entered him in local singing contests when he was 12 years old, and this is how a music A&R from LaFace Records came to notice him. Usher, his self-titled debut album, was published in 1994.
With the release of My Way, his second album, in the late 1990s, he gained popularity. It gave birth to “Nice & Slow,” which peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, as well as the top-two songs “You Make Me Wanna” and “My Way.”
The number-one singles “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad” as well as the top-three single “U Don’t Have to Call” were off of his third album, 8701 (2001).
Eight million copies were sold globally, and in 2002 and 2003, he took home his first two Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
His 2004 album Confessions, which featured the number-one singles “Yeah!” (with Lil Jon and Ludacris), “Burn,” “Confessions Part II,” and “My Boo” (featuring Alicia Keys), as well as the top-ten “Caught Up,” made him one of the best-selling musicians of the 2000s decade.
The RIAA awarded it a Diamond certification for its global sales of more than 20 million copies.
He released the albums Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010) after divorcing his manager and mother in 2007.
Both albums debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and, in turn, yielded the number-one singles “Love in This Club” (featuring Young Jeezy) and “OMG” (featuring will.i.am). Before the top-fifteen song “More” was released, the EP Versus produced the top-five single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (with Pitbull).
The top-ten single “Scream” from Looking 4 Myself (2012) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 list as well.
Grammy Awards were given to the R&B ballads “There Goes My Baby” and “Climax” in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
Juicy J’s “I Don’t Mind” (2014) also made it to the top fifteen, while Hard II Love (2016) peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. He collaborated on the album A with the music producer Zaytoven, and it was published in 2018.
Billboard listed him as the second-most popular musician of the decade, the decade’s top Hot 100 artist, and the decade’s best solo album with Confessions at the end of 2009.
The same publication ranked him sixth among the “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years” and fourteenth among the “Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists” on their respective lists.
Nine of Usher’s singles reached number one. He has received inductions into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He is regarded as a cultural icon and sex symbol.
Usher has received various honors and distinctions, including nine Soul Train Music distinctions, 34 ASCAP Awards, eight Grammy Awards, and more.
Usher owns the record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun that includes Canadian singer Justin Bieber, and has won numerous awards and accolades, including eight Grammy Awards, 34 ASCAP Awards, nine Soul Train Music Awards, and eight American Music Awards.
He is the fifth-most awarded artist at the Billboard Music Awards with 18 awards. Usher is also well-known for his work in politics and social causes.
On October 14, 1978, Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas. His parents were Usher Raymond III and Tennessee native Jonetta Patton, née O’Neal.
He lived most of his formative years in Chattanooga, Tennessee. When Usher was a year old, his father abandoned the family.
Usher was raised by his mother, his former stepfather, and James Lackey, his half-brother, who was born in 1984. Usher joined the neighborhood church youth chorus in Chattanooga at age nine under his mother’s guidance.
There, his grandmother first heard him sing, though she didn’t think he was good enough to perform professionally until Usher joined a group.
Usher’s family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, thinking that a larger city would offer more opportunities for exposing his ability. There, the climate was more hospitable for aspiring vocalists. He went to North Springs High School in Atlanta.
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Usher joined the NuBeginnings, a local R&B quintet led by local music promoter Darryl Wheeler, when he was ten years old.
In 1991, Usher collaborated with the group on 10 songs, but the resulting album, Nubeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV, was only distributed locally and through mail order.
However, Patton took him out as a result of her claim that it was a “bad experience”.Hip-O Records re-released the album on a nationwide scale in April 2002.
When Usher was 13 years old, he met A.J. Alexander at a local talent show in Atlanta. Alexander, who at the time was Bobby Brown’s bodyguard, would take Usher around and have him perform in parking lots and talent shows.
Alexander invited Bryant Reid, an A&R representative from LaFace Records to see Usher perform on the television talent show Star Search.
After the performance, he arranged an audition for Usher with L.A. Reid, the co-founder of LaFace; Reid signed Usher on the spot to a contract with the record company after Usher sang Boyz II Men hit record “End of the Road”.
To handle Usher’s career, his mother gave up her position as a medical technician. The song “Call Me a Mack” that Usher recorded for the soundtrack album to the 1993 drama-romance movie Poetic Justice served as his public debut.The teenage Usher first met Chilli of TLC during this time, his labelmate, whom he would later date.
Preparing for his debut album, Usher lost his voice. Usher was going through puberty and had a difficult time adjusting his voice.
LA Reid became skeptical of Usher and put his album on hold; he thought about dropping him from the label.
Usher begged the record company to keep him, and they complied. In the spring of 1994, Reid sent Usher to New York to live with record boss Puff Daddy and “attend” what Reid nicknamed “Flavor Camp” since he was unsure of what to do with him going forward.
Although Usher called these times the “hardest days” of his life in an interview with Rolling Stone, he quickly adapted to Puff Daddy’s opulent lifestyle. He remarked, “I had to tough it out and find it out in New York.
On August 30, 1994, LaFace released Usher’s self-titled debut album behind the co-executive production of Sean “P Diddy” Combs.
Usher peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was accompanied by three singles: “Can U Get wit It”, “Think of You”, and “The Many Ways”. The album has sold over 500,000 copies, to date.
The album received backlash because Usher was singing about sex, and him only being 15 years old, the public had a difficult time believing that this was so.
Again LaFace had their reservations about signing Usher because the album wasn’t as successful as they anticipated.
At this time Usher’s mother took control of his career and put him in more talent shows the summer of 1995 building Usher a larger fan base and ultimately giving L.A. Reid more confidence in Usher.
Usher built the foundation for his second album after finishing high school and continued to hone his stage presence.
He also contributed to LaFace’s 1995 duet with fellow Atlanta adolescent recording singer Monica on “Let’s Straighten It Out” and to the 1996 album “Dreamin'” by LaFace, which served as a fundraiser for the Olympic Games.
Additionally, he appeared on the song “I Swear I’m In Love” from the soundtrack of the 1996 movie Kazaam.
Usher developed a friendship with American record producer Jermaine Dupri, with whom he co-wrote and produced several tracks for his second album, My Way, released on September 16, 1997.
The album’s lead single, “You Make Me Wanna…”, reached number one in the United Kingdom, becoming Usher’s first record to be top single; this resulted in him increasing in popularity. It also became Usher’s first gold- and platinum-certified single in the United States.
The album’s second single, “Nice & Slow”, peaked in January 1998 at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Usher his first US number-one single.
In February of the same year, the single was certified platinum by the RIAA. My Way has been certified six-time platinum in the United States.
“You Make Me Wanna…” won the Best Male R&B/Soul Single at the 1999 Soul Train Music Awards.
In the closing months of 1997, Usher embarked on a series of tour engagements including a spot on Puffy’s No Way Out tour, dates with Mary J. Blige, and the opening spot on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope Tour.
Usher’s first concert album, Live, was released in 1999, which featured appearances by Lil’ Kim, Jagged Edge, Trey Lorenz, Shanice, Twista and Manuel Seal; the album has been certified gold in the United States.
Usher’s first acting role came in the 1998 film The Faculty after he made his acting debut on the UPN television show Moesha. He then had a recurring role on the show.
Usher’s extracurricular pursuits outside of the music business gained traction during the course of the following year as a result of his casting in the drama The Bold and the Beautiful.
He finished two more movies: She’s All That and Light It Up, in which he played the lead. Additionally, he was in the Disney TV film Geppetto.
Usher’s third studio album, originally titled All About U, was stated to be released in early 2001. The first single, “Pop Ya Collar”, was released in late 2000 and became a number two hit in the UK but underperformed in the United States.
The album was subsequently pushed back and retooled after select tracks were later leaked to the radio and Internet.
At the same time, LaFace went dormant, moving most of its artists (including Usher) to its parent company, Arista having Records.
After revised and renamed to 8701, the album was released on August 7, 2001 (8.7.01). The first two singles “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad” each topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four and six weeks, respectively. 8701 has been certified four-time platinum in the United States.
Usher appeared in the 2001 film Texas Rangers. In February 2002, Usher won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “U Remind Me”.
The next year, he won the same award for “U Don’t Have to Call”, making Usher the only artist aside from Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder to win this award consecutively.
In the summer of 2002, Usher contributed vocals to P. Diddy’s “I Need a Girl, Part I”.
The year closed out with a trio of TV series appearances, all in November, on The Twilight Zone, 7th Heaven, Moesha, and American Dreams, the latter in which Usher portrayed Marvin Gaye.
Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions, was released on March 23, 2004—just as its first single, “Yeah!”, was in its sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifth week on top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart.
The album’s almost hit 1.1 million unit debut sales was the highest first-week numbers ever scanned by a male R&B artist and the seventh best of the Nielsen SoundScan history.
The album has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide, with over 10 million in the United States, earning the album a Diamond certification by the RIAA.
The album’s second and third singles, “Burn” and “Confessions Part II”, also topped the Billboard Hot 100, the former for eight weeks. Usher became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay with four consecutive number-one singles.
In September 2004, “My Boo”, a duet with American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, also peaked at number one at the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album’s fourth number-one single.
In December, the album’s final single “Caught Up” peaked at number eight on the Hot 100. By that time, Arista went inactive and following its parent, BMG’s merger with Sony Music, his previous label, LaFace, was revived under the Jive/Zomba Group banner, bringing Usher back to the fold.
Confessions earned Usher numerous awards, including four American Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and three World Music Awards.
At the 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2005, Usher won three awards, including: R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for “My Boo”, which he shared with Keys; Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Yeah!”; and Contemporary R&B Album for Confessions.
At the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, Usher was recognized Artist of the Year, in addition to receiving 10 other accolades.
Usher supported Confessions with “The Truth Tour”. The tour set featured a small stage up on top of the main stage, where the band played with Usher and his supporting dancers left with enough room to perform.
The smaller stage had a mini platform attached to it which lowered to the main stage and had two big staircases on both sides of it. To the left, a group of circular staircases climbed to the top, and to the right, there was a fire escape replete with steps and an elevator.
Kanye West and Christina Milian were the opening acts for the tour. Usher at select dates would bring out a special guest, during his Atlanta show taping he brought out his artist at the time Rico Love to rap a verse on the song “Throwback”.
During a more intimate part of the show, Usher’s dancers selected singer Monica from the crowd to be serenaded by Usher while he sang album favorites “Do it to Me” and “Superstar”. Usher also performed the Confessions Pt. II remix, where Kanye West would appear from back of the stage.
Then lastly Usher would also bring out artist Lil Jon and Ludacris where they would finish the show performing the hit “Yeah”.
This concert date was filmed to make the official tour DVD of Truth Tour: Behind the Truth “Live from Atlanta”. It has been certified by the RIAA selling more than 7 Million copies.
In the spring of 2005, Usher scored a number three Hot 100 hit as a featured vocalist on Lil Jon’s “Lovers & Friends”.
In 2007, Usher also collaborated with R. Kelly on the track “Same Girl”, for Kelly’s album Double Up. He was also featured in a remix version of Omarion’s “Ice Box”.
Usher also appeared on the track “Shake Down” on American singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige’s 2007 album Growing Pains.
According to Robert Hilburn of Los Angeles Times, Usher was voted number-one on the executive voting based “Pop’s Power List” and described as a “sure-fire property”.
In November 2005, Usher starred as a disc jockey named Darrell in the Lions Gate film In the Mix.
On August 22, 2006, Usher took over the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway revival of the musical Chicago. Usher’s opening night brought out stars Penélope Cruz, Gabrielle Union, Clive Davis, and Rosie Perez among others.
Usher played the role of Flynn for two months but a case of strep throat brought an abrupt ending to Usher’s run in Chicago, which saw a spike in ticket sales after he joined the cast.
The New York Post reports that Usher’s absence cost the production an estimated $400,000 in refunds to disappointed ticket buyers. The producer of Chicago, Barry Weissler, issued a statement sending his “thoughts and best wishes to Usher for a quick and speedy recovery.
Usher made a spectacular Broadway debut, bringing a great dedication, work ethic and his amazing talent to the show.
We all hope that he might return at some point for the many fans that were unable to see his wonderful performance as Billy Flynn.
Usher has found a new home on Broadway and is welcomed back anytime.” Here I Stand was released on May 26 in the United Kingdom and May 27, 2008, in the United States. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart with first-week sales of over 433,000 copies.
To date Here I Stand has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States, been certified platinum by the RIAA, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
While not approaching the success of his previous album, it received positive reviews from most music critics, who praised the maturity in the album’s lyrics.
To promote Usher’s fifth studio album, the single “Love In This Club” was sent to radio in February 2008 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
It went on to spend three consecutive weeks at the top—becoming Usher’s eighth number-one single and the fastest-rising song of his career. It also reached No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The single was another huge international success for Usher. It reached No. 1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, No. 3 on the Irish Singles Chart, No. 3 on the Eurochart Hot 100, No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 5 on the Japan Hot 100, No. 5 on the German Singles Chart, No. 5 on the Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders), No. 6 on the Canadian Hot 100, No. 8 on the Swedish Singles Chart, No. 8 on the Australian Singles Chart, No. 9 on the French Singles Chart, No. 9 on the Swiss Singles Chart, No. 10 on the Norwegian Singles Chart, No. 12 on the Austrian Singles Chart, No. 13 on the Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia), and No. 18 on the Finnish Singles Chart.
The follow-up single “Love in This Club Part II”, which features American singer Beyoncé and rapper Lil Wayne, peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Its third single “Moving Mountains” peaked at No. 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and reached No. 6 on the New Zealand Singles Chart.
The album’s fifth single “Trading Places” peaked at No. 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In September 2008, Usher announced he would embark on the 15-date tour One Night Stand, in which the audience is only females.
On January 18, 2009, Usher performed with Stevie Wonder and Shakira at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He also sang “Gone Too Soon” at the memorial of Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009.
Raymond v. Raymond was released on March 26, 2010 in Germany, March 30, 2010 in the US, and April 26, 2010 in the UK. The album was expected to follow in Usher’s Confessions album’s footsteps. Raymond v. Raymond was released only months after Usher’s divorce from Tameka Foster. “Papers”, a song about divorce, was released as the first single for the album in October 2009.
It topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for two consecutive weeks, becoming his tenth number one single on that chart.
It also peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Critics praised the song for its emotion. “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” was released as the second single on December 8, 2009.
The single peaked at number 24. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The song was released as the second international single in July 2010. “Lil Freak” was announced as the album’s official second single in the United States.
Usher and Nicki Minaj shot the music video for the song on March 9, 2010, in Los Angeles with director TAJ Stansberry. It reached number 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It became Usher’s fourth Top 40 hit single from Raymond v. Raymond, when including the buzz single “Papers”.
“OMG”, which features will.i.am, is the third official US single and the first international single. The song received mixed reviews, complimenting the song’s dance and club vibe but criticizing the Auto-Tune effect.
It reached number-one in Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
The song became his ninth number one in the United States, making him the first 2010s artist to collect number one singles in three consecutive decades, and only the fourth artist of all-time to achieve the feat.
Usher also became the third artist to have at least one number one song from five consecutive studio albums. The song’s choreography and dance-heavy accompanying music video has been compared to that of “Yeah!”.
“There Goes My Baby” was released to airplay as the album’s fourth single in the United States on June 15, 2010. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Usher’s eleventh number-one hit on that chart.
The song ended up tying with “You Make Me Wanna” for fourth longest stay on the chart with 71 weeks. All of the album’s singles received very heavy air play.
On April 7, 2010, Raymond v. Raymond debuted at number No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming his third consecutive No. 1 album and selling an impressive 329,107 copies in its first week of release, making him the first male artist since Eminem to have three consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
After one month of release the album was certified Gold by the RIAA. On June 17, 2010, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Raymond v. Raymond also dominated the International Charts, debuting inside the top 10 in Canada, the United Kingdom, Holland, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
Due to the huge international success of Usher’s single “OMG” and the good first week sales for Raymond v. Raymond, the album reached number two in Australia and has been certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
The album debuted at number four in Canada and has been certified Gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Raymond v. Raymond debuted at number-two in the United Kingdom.
Usher announced on July 8, 2010, a follow-up extended play to his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond called Versus, and a deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond, both to be released on August 24, 2010.
Usher described Versus as “the last chapter of Raymond v. Raymond“, and that it would explore the subjects of being newly single and a father.
The album included 9 tracks, including 7 new tracks, Raymond v. Raymond single “There Goes My Baby”, and Justin Bieber single “Somebody to Love (Remix)”. The tracks would be included on a deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond.
The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and is preceded by the singles “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” featuring Pitbull, for mainstream audiences, and “Hot Tottie” featuring Jay-Z, for urban circuits.
The first single from the album, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”, was released to iTunes on July 13, 2010, and sent to radio on July 20, 2010.
Due to strong digital sales the song debuted at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100. The song became the fourth highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 of his career, behind 1997’s “Nice & Slow” at number nine, 1998’s “My Way” at eight, and 2010’s “OMG” at number fourteen.
Since its release, it has gained international success, peaking in the top 5 in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It reached the top 10 in Canada and Europe.
It reached number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in its third week of release, and became the first time Usher has had two top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time since his album Confessions.
It also became Usher’s sixteenth Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hit of his career. The second single, Hot Tottie, reached number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Usher appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010. He then performed at the 2010 American Music Awards on November 21, 2010, and also won the awards for Male Soul/R&B artist and Favorite Soul/R&B album for his album Raymond v. Raymond.
According to Rap-Up.com, Usher started working on his next studio album, again teaming up with long-time collaborator Rico Love. The OMG Tour began in November 2010 and ended on June 1, 2011.
On February 6, 2011, Usher also made an appearance in the Super Bowl XLV halftime show to sing his song “OMG” with The Black Eyed Peas’ singer will.i.am.
On September 8, 2011, Usher appeared on Romeo Santos’ second single “Promise” from his debut studio album Formula, Vol. 1. The song was his first number-one on the Billboard Latin Songs chart.
A month later, on October 7, Sony Music, which was a parent company to the RCA Music Group, confirmed the consolidation of Usher’s previous labels, Jive, and Arista, along with J Records.
Following the consolidation of the three labels, Usher (and various other artists previously signed to the three aforementioned labels) will release future musical material under RCA Records.
In November 2011, Usher revealed that for his next album he was working on a new type of music which he has depicted as “revolutionary pop”, which combines different genres to form a new sound.
His seventh studio album Looking 4 Myself was released on June 8, 2012, worldwide, and received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
American singer-songwriter and record producer Rico Love was interviewed by Billboard magazine, where he spoke about his relationships with artists and experiences.
He commented on how Usher wanted to do things differently on the album compared to his previous efforts, saying: “What he wanted to do was explore himself musically. He stepped outside of what was safe and normal.
He wanted to make an album that expressed where he was going sonically and not just where he’s been for the past 12 to 15 years.
He’s growing, developing, moving, shaking, and being something that’s new, cultural, and that’s affecting people sonically.
That’s kind of forcing the people to grow and elevate”. In an interview for MTV News, Usher stated that Looking 4 Myself is “the most artistic of an album” he has ever had in history.
When questioned by Reuters during an interview regarding the latter quote, and how this project was different, Usher explained that he felt he was near a ‘rebirth’ and that prior to Looking 4 Myself, he felt restricted and conformed to a specific standard. He said to himself “I gotta go with what I feel and hopefully people will follow me”.
The lead single from Usher’s seventh studio album is titled “Climax”. It impacted Urban radio on February 21, 2012, and was made available for purchase as a digital download on February 22, 2012.
It impacted US mainstream radio on March 13, 2012. The second single released from the album was “Scream” and the third single “Lemme See” which features Rick Ross. “Scream” was premiered on April 26, 2012, while “Lemme See” was premiered on May 8, 2012.
On Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, “Climax” enabled Usher to add a second song of his in the six longest stays at number one for 11 weeks after “You Make Me Wanna” with 12 weeks.
In 2013, Usher substituted for CeeLo Green as a coach for the fourth season of NBC’s The Voice. His last act, Michelle Chamuel, lost the winning title to Danielle Bradbery, mentored by Blake Shelton. He returned for the sixth season and his last act, Josh Kaufman, won.
On March 19, 2013, Usher announced that his eighth studio album, titled UR, was in the works. Talking to The Fader, he described the album as “everything you can imagine”, saying that it’s “gonna be freaking out of here”.
Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger told Rap-Up that he, along with Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Brian Alexander Morgan, was working on Usher’s next album.
Billboard compared the album’s music to Usher’s Confessions (2004), saying that it is “more R&B, more urban” than Usher’s Looking 4 Myself. The latter declared that his next album would show that he is “still Usher”. “Good Kisser”, a dance-heavy throwback R&B track, was released as the first single allowing Usher to achieve his 13th no.1 on the Airplay chart, tying Drake for most leaders in the list’s history.
Produced by Pop & Oak, it was performed at The Voice. Since then, two other singles have been released from the album: “She Came to Give It to You” featuring Nicki Minaj and “I Don’t Mind” featuring Juicy J. The latter allowed Usher to lead the Rhythmic charts with the most number ones (13).
On August 25, 2014, Usher announced his UR Experience Tour in support of his then-titled eighth studio album UR. The UR Experience started in Montreal, Quebec on November 1 and ended in Tampa, Florida on December 14.
The 27 city North American leg was supported by opening acts DJ Cassidy and R&B newcomer August Alsina. The European leg of the tour visited 23 cities and the support would be Nico & Vinz. “With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests,” Usher says, via a press release.
“I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.” While on tour, with the collaboration of Honey Nut Cheerios, he released “Clueless”, a new song that could be downloaded free using a code from specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios boxes bought from Walmart.
On October 16, 2015, Usher released an interactive music video exclusively on the music streaming platform Tidal called “Chains” featuring artists Nas and Bibi Bourelly. “Chains” literally forces the viewer to confront the issue of racial profiling and police brutality head-on: By utilizing the webcam on the viewer’s computer as well as facial recognition technology, “Chains” paused mid-song whenever the viewer’s eyes deviate from the video.
Usher performed the song for the first time at the Tidal X:1020 concert on October 20, 2015, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena. On January 14, 2016, after continual delays of his eighth album, Usher announced via Daniel Arsham Instagram post that he changed the title of the album from UR to Flawed.
It was scheduled to be released in April 2016, but has been pushed back with no release date. On February 29, 2016, Yuna released “Crush” as the first single from her forthcoming album Chapters featuring Usher.
On June 9, 2016, Usher released a new single from his expected forthcoming album Flawed on the music streaming platform Tidal titled “No Limit” featuring Young Thug, along with a second single titled “Crash” on June 10 for all digital platforms.
On June 12, 2016, it was reported that Raymond signed a management deal with business partner Scooter Braun. Braun already represented Justin Bieber and had a joint venture with Raymond and Bieber.
This report was confirmed by Usher during a sit down interview with Ryan Seacrest at the 73rd annual Cannes Festival on June 21, 2016.
Usher furthered his acting career, starring as American former professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the 2016 American-Panamanian biographical sports film Hands of Stone about the career of Panamanian former professional boxer Roberto Durán.
In it, he starred opposite of Édgar Ramírez, Robert De Niro, and Ruben Blades. On August 26, 2016, Hands of Stone premiered worldwide. “Missin U” was also released as a third single by RCA Records for online streaming and digital download, along with “Champions (from the Motion Picture Hands of Stone)”, both on Vevo.
On August 30, “Rivals” featuring Future was released and debuted exclusively on Tidal with its accompanying video. It was released on Vevo on September 2, 2016. On September 13, 2016, both “Missin U” and “Rivals” were sent to radio as the album’s third and fourth singles.
The album Hard II Love was released on September 16, 2016, and received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. It debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200, and sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week.
It also became his seventh consecutive top ten album in the United States. The lead single, “No Limit” featuring rapper Young Thug initially was serviced to Urban radio on June 9, and eventually peaked at number 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
On December 16, 2016, Chris Brown released “Party” as the second single from his forthcoming album Heartbreak on a Full Moon featuring Usher and Gucci Mane.
On October 12, 2018, Usher released his ninth studio album, titled simply A. The official tracklist contains 8 songs with features from Future and Gunna.
The album was produced entirely by Zaytoven, who previously collaborated on Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond album as a co-producer for the single “Papers”.
Between November 9–17, 2018, Usher served as the headliner for the RNB Fridays Live concert series. The six date stadium tour in Australia and New Zealand sold over 150,000 tickets.
On November 14, 2018, Billboard reported that Usher signed a worldwide management deal with Luke Mitzman and 100 Management. It was also reported he is working on a follow up album that will be released in 2019.
On December 2, 2018, Usher performed at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Usher and DJ Black Coffee performed a mash-up featuring the South African Indigenous Dance Academy (IDA).
Usher had a cameo in the crime film Hustlers, which was released on September 13, 2019, and stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Cardi B, and Lili Reinhart.
In September 2019, director Lorene Scafaria told Vulture magazine his cameo was written into the script in 2016, before the film went into development. Usher is featured on the film’s soundtrack, with his single “Love in This Club”.
In March 2019, Usher posted a photo of himself in the studio next to a whiteboard with the title “Confessions 2” and a blurred out tracklisting. The following day producer Jermaine Dupri, who produced the original Confessions went live on Instagram and previewed new music.
On June 15, 2019, Usher, alongside Erykah Badu, headlined the second annual Smoking Grooves Festival at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, California.
On September 6, 2019, Usher returned for season seventeen of NBC’s The Voice. He joined John Legend team as this season’s battle advisor. On September 10, 2019, DJ Black Coffee released his single “Lalala” featuring Usher from his forthcoming album.
It reached number one on the South Africa airplay charts. Usher appeared on Summer Walker’s debut album Over It, which was released on October 4, 2019. They collaborated on “Come Thru”, which samples “You Make Me Wanna…”, his hit from his second album, My Way. Time, Entertainment Weekly, and Paper all named it one of the best songs of the week.
On December 13, 2019, Usher released the lead single, “Don’t Waste My Time”, featuring British singer-songwriter Ella Mai for his upcoming ninth studio album. It was co-produced by longtime collaborators Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri. Usher, Ella Mai, and Jermaine Dupri performed the song on BET’s SOS: Saving Ourselves – A BET Covid 19 Relief Special, to benefit African American Communities Impacted By Coronavirus on April 22, 2020.
It topped the Adult R&B Chart, becoming his fifth number one single on that chart.
Usher performed at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020. Usher and Shelia E. performed a special tribute honoring Prince.
This performance was teaser for the Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince concert at the Staples Center scheduled for January 28, 2020 on CBS featuring performances from Alicia Keys, John Legend, Chris Martin, H.E.R., and more.
Usher had been set to host and perform at the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which had been set scheduled to broadcast live on Fox on Sunday, March 29. The event was postponed due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.
Usher served as executive producer and judge on a dance competition series called The Sauce. The seven-episode series premiered on April 6, 2020, on the streaming service Quibi.
On April 11, 2019, Usher released his second single, “SexBeat”, featuring former collaborators Lil Jon and Ludacris. It was co-written by Jermaine Dupri and Antoine Harris.
The release of “SexBeat” came days after Lil Jon premiered the track on April 5 during an online music battle called #VERZUZ hosted by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.
He appeared on NBC’s Songland and released the song “California” featuring Tyga on June 15, 2020. On June 26, 2020, Usher released “I Cry”.
On September 4, 2020, Usher announced he will be headlining a 12 show residency at the Colosseum at Caesars’ Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The show is scheduled to start on July 16, 2021, and is slated to run until January 1, 2022. Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment will be donating $1 from every ticket purchased to Usher’s New Look foundation.
Usher released the single “Bad Habits” on September 10, 2020, as the second single off his forthcoming studio album.
The music video directed by Chris Robinson accompanied the song. It topped the Adult R&B Chart, becoming his sixth number one single on that chart.
On June 30, 2022, Usher performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series. He was joined by vocalists Eric Bellinger and Vedo, bassist, Dmitry Gorodetsky, trombonist Lemar Guillary, trumpeter Brandyn Phllips, saxophonist Jay Flat, keyboardist Darek Cobbs, guitarist Erick Walls and drummer Ryan Carr. A clip from the performance of Usher whispering “watch this” went viral on the internet as a meme.
On March 17, 2023, Usher released the single “GLU”, his first solo single in over two years.
Usher Public image
Since a young age, Usher has been dubbed “an international sex symbol” primarily due to his stage persona. Usher has been dubbed “the sexiest male performer to ever walk a stage” by VH1, while Fusion calls him “one of the greatest R&B sex symbols in the past 20 years, paving the way for Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Justin Bieber.
Usher was named the “Sexiest R&B Star” by People magazine in 1998. Singer Monica claimed that Usher’s on-stage sexiness could be seen in “his movements, his gestures, and the way he expresses his lyrics.
” He was listed among the “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2004 and the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2008.
After his separation with Chilli of TLC, journalist Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times referred to him as “one of the country’s most famous ex-boyfriends.
” On BET’s “All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Men of the Past 25 Years” special in 2005, he came in first place. In addition, a wax replica of Usher was unveiled by Madame Tussauds New York in 2007 to coincide with the inauguration of a VIP area and a competition to launch The Usher Interactive Experience.
“Confessions Part II” is one of the “30 Sexiest Music Videos of All Time” according to Rolling Stone magazine.
As The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones noted, “The challenge here is to convince us that he is a married and responsible man—grown and sexy, without sacrificing the louche, frictionless sense of play that made him famous.
” After his marriage to Tameka Foster, his sexual appeal was anticipated to mature. Usher is ranked ninth on VH1’s list of the 100 sexiest musicians. He was listed as one of the “Sexiest Men” of 2010 and 2011 by Glamour magazine.
“The singer came onto the scene in the ’90s rocking baggy jeans and suits that made us question his celebrity status, but over the years this R&B star has developed his own signature look, rendering him a modern day fashion icon,
” Billboard wrote in a review of his style development in 2012. He was listed among the “Most Stylish R&B Singers of the 90s” by Complex in 2013.
Usher was featured in the 25th anniversary issue of Men’s Health magazine; Lou Schuler referred to him as “the man with the best abs in the entertainment industry.”
In 2014 and 2015, his Calvin Klein Collection suits saw him listed as “Best Dressed Men” by outlets at the Golden Globe Awards and Grammy Awards. InStyle have rated him both in their “Hottest Celebrity Abs” collection, and “37 of the Most Stylish Dads” list.
Usher was named the Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s by Billboard stating “Usher’s sexy brand of R&B dominated the last decade with the top-selling album and more No. 1s than any other act”, with Confessions selling 20 million copies worldwide as the top solo album.
Considered by Bonsu Thompson of Vibe to be “the Thriller of our generation”, J. Tinsley of Uproxx ranked it amongst “landmark albums in pop culture” because of its theme.
Pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker remarks that “For a while, Confessions was pop music” and says it “may turn out to have been the last true blockbuster in pop”.
Clay Cane said in 2008 “We didn’t see pop-R&B artists on pop radio, and Usher is one of those people in the 90s who was the catalyst for that; he was kind of the pioneer … He’s the greatest example of pure crossover success”.
Described as the best dancer in pop since Michael Jackson by writers of VH1, and The Guardian, Jody Rosen said in 2012 “He’s the biggest male pop singer in the world; sometimes, it seems like he’s the only one, in a marketplace still dominated by divas”.
Attaining 9 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles to tie with the Bee Gees, Elton John, and Paul McCartney, Justin Charity of Complex referred to him as “the greatest male pop singer of the past couple decades” in 2015.
The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, performed a duet with Usher in 2005 at the 47th Grammy Awards in which he honorably dubbed him the Godson of Soul. Brown reiterated “The new godson; Usher, the new godson” following the performance.
Often called an “icon”, Los Angeles Times critic Randall Roberts marks dance singles “Yeah!”, “Caught Up” and “OMG” to have influenced contemporary dance-pop, stating the former two also “helped define the 00s”.
Time magazine’s pop stardom ranking metric, ranked Usher 3rd in history, based on “all-time chart performance and contemporary significance”.
Various media outlets have referred to Usher as the “King of R&B”, as well as “Mr. Entertainment. The BET Honors honored him for his contributions to music with a Musical Arts award in 2015, presented by Bobby Brown who said “You remain a game changer, for your discipline, for your perfectionism. You’re just a god man”.
The BET Honors highlighted his influence on many contemporary artists such as Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Drake, Bryson Tiller, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, Miguel, Omarion, Ray J, August Alsina, and Eric Bellinger.
Ne-Yo further cited Usher as an influence upon the honor saying “I feel that without Usher, there would be no me, there would be no Chris Brown, there would be no Trey Songz. He paved the way for us”.
Other artists who have also cited him as an influence are Lucky Daye, 6lack, Rico Love, Zayn Malik, Jeremih, Anderson Paak, Trevor Jackson, Sam Hunt, Leon Bridges, Sammie, B.Smyth, Jacob Latimore, Kevin Woo, Keke Palmer, Justine Skye, BJ The Chicago Kid, Roy Woods, YK Osiris, Jungkook of BTS, Lukas Magyar of Veil of Maya, Liam Payne of One Direction, and actor Tahj Mowry.
Usher established New Look, a nonprofit charity with the mission of “giving young people a new perspective on life through education and practical experience.” Its main initiative, Camp New Look, took place at Clark Atlanta University from July 11 to July 23, 2005.
In order to rehabilitate and rejuvenate city blocks in New Orleans, the charity launched a program called Our Block in 2006. The project was funded in part using the proceeds from Usher’s collaboration with Armani Exchange to create “Love 4 Life” dog tags, which were sold at the retailer’s stores and online.
The project was completed one street at a time. Usher has since started New Look chapters in a variety of places, including Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, and Washington, D.C.
The four main pillars of New Look are talent, education, service, and career. The New Look program starts in eighth grade and continues through high school and post-secondary education for students.
Usher and his program make sure that education is the main focus. 100% of students who take part in Usher’s New Look graduate, and every New Look participant continues their education or finds employment.
In 1999, Usher participated in “Challenge for the Children”, a benefit basketball game hosted by American boy band NSYNC. The event, which was held on the campus of Georgia State University, had raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities.
In 2005, Usher is one among the artists who signed on for a Hurricane Katrina relief concert. He has also performed a public service announcement to promote Do Something’s campaign for civic engagement.
Usher started Project Restart following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, and it went on to assist more than 700 people with housing and lighting needs.
While in New Orleans, Usher also met with students from Dillard and Xavier to help them with city cleanup. Usher stated in an interview, “I’m here to physically do something and hopefully inspire other people to do the same.”
In 2008, former Mayor Ray Nagin gave Usher the key to the city of New Orleans in appreciation of his work and commitment to aiding in the city’s reconstruction.Usher Day, named in his honor, was also declared during this presentation.
In 2011, Usher was honored with the Freedom Award by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. The Freedom Awards honor individuals who work for justice, equality, philanthropy, civil and human rights and humanitarian causes.
Raymond was awarded this honor for his philanthropic work done by his New Look Foundation. Others honored with this award in the past Usher included Oprah, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Cicely Tyson, Coretta Scott King, and other great figures.
Usher paid a surprise visit to Dalewood Middle School, the Orange Grove Center, and the Center for the Creative Arts on February 12, 2015, during his tour to Chattanooga, his previous home.
Prior to relocating to Atlanta, he attended Dalewood Middle School, which is not too far from the “Usher Raymond Parkway” that Usher was given in 2001.Usher discussed the value of education with kids at the Center for the Creative Arts.
He made the effort to give back in memory of his grandmother, who died away earlier in the year. At a young age, the person he called Nanny told the singer, “Whatever you want to do, I promise you can do it.
Your instructors and I will look back on this time in the future and be extremely proud of you. The artist made a donation to CCC for an undisclosed sum, which was used to purchase new flooring for two dance studios, a new digital lighting board, and LED lights for the performing arts school’s auditorium.
Orange Grove Center, a nonprofit that assists both adults and children with intellectual challenges, was Usher’s next trip. He participated in a groundbreaking ceremony there for intended upgrades to the facility’s track, according to Heidi Hoffecker, the development director. To honor his grandma, Nancy Lackey Memorial Track will be the track’s name.
In 2015, Usher teamed up with Anthony Anderson, Kevin Hart, Big Sean, Chris Paul, and more collectively donating more than $500,000 in scholarships that was given to 20 students attending historically black colleges and universities.
This is following the partnership with the UNCF in 2014 creating the Usher Raymond Scholarship Program, where last year he gave a student $100,000 to attend the Tuskegee University.
During the 33rd Atlanta Mayors Ball, Usher, Tyrese, Future, Ludacris, and Jeezy each contributed $25,000 to the UNCF.
On February 18, 2017, Morehouse College during the 29th annual “A Candle in the Dark Gala” honored Usher with the prestigious Candle Award for his philanthropy and contributions to music.
The Candle Award honors recipients for excellence in athletics, business, education, entertainment, and other arenas. Past recipients honored at the “Candle in the Dark” include Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, and Smokey Robinson.
Usher assisted former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in fulfilling his promise to give $1 million to disadvantaged communities on January 31, 2018.
Kaepernick started the #10for10 effort to raise the last $100,000 of his target.He gave $10,000 to ten different charity, and ten famous people each gave $10,000 in return.
Usher chose to donate a total of $20,000 to the Lithonia, Georgia-based organization Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure.
Usher Personal life
Usher started dating TLC performer Chilli Thomas in 2001, and their romance lasted for two years. Usher began production on the album Confessions in 2003, which featured songs based on his and his collaborators’ personal experiences.
The songs about adultery and expecting mistresses were not inspired by Usher’s personal life at the time, but rather by Jermaine Dupri’s own struggles.
Dupri made a conscious effort to cast Usher in a mysterious light and pique fans’ interest in how much of the alleged infidelity was actually Usher’s own confession.
This had the unexpected consequence of making Thomas have doubts about Usher. It ended in December 2003.
This was followed by a media frenzy about Confessions’ intimate subject matter. Many fans thought that the infidelity depicted in “Confessions” actually occurred and was the real cause of the breakup.
Thomas was heard suggesting that Usher had cheated on her in a February 2004 interview on The Bert Show on Atlanta radio station Q100: “Usher did the ultimate no-no to me…. I will never be with him again, and that is that.”
In his defense, Usher said, “It just didn’t work out. However, it wasn’t cheating that led to the relationship’s collision and breakdown. That wasn’t the cause of the split. Years later, Thomas affirmed this, saying, “People assumed that record was about us, but it wasn’t.
Usher and British supermodel Naomi Campbell were reportedly dating for a short time in 2004. The two attended the MTV Europe Music Awards together, and it was rumored that Campbell surprised Usher on his birthday by jumping out of a pop-out cake.
He was briefly linked to model Eishia Brightwell the next year. At many occasions, including as the Grammy Awards, the Vanity Fair Oscar party, and the NAACP Awards, they were spotted together.
Usher started dating Tameka Foster, a stylist, in November 2005 after she had been his personal stylist for a while. In February 2007, it was revealed that they were engaged.
The two got married on August 3, 2007, in a civil ceremony in Atlanta, instead of their unforeseen Hamptons wedding in July. On September 1, 2007, a larger wedding ceremony took place outside of Atlanta at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort.
On January 21, 2008, Usher Raymond III, Usher’s father, passed away from a heart attack. Soon after the passing of his father, Usher briefly switched to a vegan diet.
Usher adopted a completely vegan diet for health reasons after giving up all egg and dairy products. Years later, Usher informed reporters that he had given up his vegan diet because it was too expensive to maintain.
Usher’s marriage to Foster made him the stepfather of Foster’s two sons from her first marriage to Atlanta clothing designer Ryan Glover and one son she had when she was a teenager.
Usher “Cinco” Raymond V, born in November 2007, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, born in December 2008, are the couple’s other two sons.
Foster experienced a heart arrest in February 2009, two months after the birth of their second son, while receiving general anesthesia in So Paulo, Brazil.
The planned cosmetic procedure—reportedly liposuction—was not carried out. In order to speed up her recuperation, she was placed into a coma and moved to the Hospital Srio-Libanês, a bigger institution.
Usher skipped the pre-Grammy Gala hosted by Clive Davis in order to travel to Brazil and be with Foster. Foster’s surgeon announced that she was “doing very well” in a statement after a week of healing.
In Atlanta, Usher filed for divorce from Foster in June 2009. On November 4, 2009, the divorce was formally concluded in Fulton County Court.
This was before a three-year, widely publicized child custody battle that ended on August 24, 2012 with a judge giving Usher primary custody of his two sons with Foster.
Usher was ranked number 12 on “The World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians” list in 2011 after Forbes magazine reported his earnings during the OMG Tour to be $46 million and ranked him at number 32 on its Celebrity 100 list.
Kile Glover, Usher’s former stepson, was struck by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier the day before, leaving Foster’s 11-year-old son and Usher’s former stepson brain dead.
On July 21, 2012, Glover passed away after being taken off of life support. Usher V, Usher’s eldest son, was admitted in the ICU on August 5, 2013, just over a year after becoming trapped in a drain while swimming in a pool at his father’s house.
The following day, Foster requested an emergency custody hearing in Fulton County Superior Court, asking for temporary primary custody and using Usher V’s “near-death accident” as proof of a deficiency in child care.
Usher kept exclusive custody of their two sons when the case was dropped during the hearing on August 9, 2013. Usher secretly wed his manager and longtime love Grace Miguel in September 2015 while on vacation in Cuba. When Miguel’s Instagram post featured a photo of a gold wedding band on Usher’s finger, there were rumors that the two were wed.
During a television appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he announced his marriage. According to records published online on July 19, 2017, Usher infected a partner in 2012 and has had the herpes virus since 2009 or 2010. It claims that Usher paid the woman’s medical expenses and paid her $1.1 million to end a civil lawsuit.
In the midst of the accusations, TMZ revealed that a different lady sued Usher for $10 million, saying that he exposed her to the herpes virus without her knowledge or consent, which is illegal in some jurisdictions.
When she tested positive, she allegedly increased the value of her lawsuit to $20 million, according to a subsequent report from TMZ.
He was sued by three more plaintiffs on charges of fraud, sexual battery, infliction of emotional distress, and more. They said he failed to disclose to them that he had the herpes virus.
Lisa Bloom, who represented all three, said on August 8 that one of her three clients apparently acquired genital herpes from him.
Quantasia Sharpton, one of the accusers, claimed she had unprotected sex with him following a concert she had gone to. The other two accusers, a man and a woman, favored to remain plaintiffs in anonymity.
Sharpton acknowledged that her test results were negative, and Bloom said she was unsure whether the singer had the illness.
Usher and wife Grace Miguel announced their split to Us Weekly on March 6, 2018, according to part of the statement: “After much thinking and deliberation we have mutually chosen to separate as a relationship… We will continue to be close, caring friends who support one another as we move forward in our lives. Usher and Miguel filed for divorce in Georgia on December 28, 2018.
Quantasia Sharpton, one of the accusers, claimed she had unprotected sex with him following a concert she had gone to. The other two accusers, a man and a woman, favored to remain plaintiffs in anonymity. Sharpton acknowledged that her test results were negative, and Bloom said she was unsure whether the singer had the illness.
Usher and wife Grace Miguel announced their split to Us Weekly on March 6, 2018, according to part of the statement: “After much thinking and deliberation we have mutually chosen to separate as a relationship… We will continue to be close, caring friends who support one another as we move forward in our lives. Usher and Miguel filed for divorce in Georgia on December 28, 2018.
Kim Kardashian has facilitated a “Nice & Slow” reunion between Usher and Kimora Lee Simmons.
Thanks to Kim Kardashian, Usher and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons reconnected on Saturday, 25 years after Lee Simmons appeared in the singer’s “Nice & Slow” music video.
The reality star went to Las Vegas with her friends to witness Usher’s residency show, including Lee Simmons and sister Khloe Kardashian. She captured the incident on her Instagram Stories when a bare-chested Usher approached Lee Simmons and serenaded her with the cherished song.
Usher yanked Lee Simmons out of her seat during the event and remarked, “She was this tall back then. Kim, Khloe, and the audience could be seen enjoying the occasion as the duo moved arm in arm.
Kim filmed Usher giving Lee Simmons a chocolate strawberry and dancing next to her while he was singing “Nice & Slow.” After the passionate scene, Lee Simmons was seen giggling and fanning herself as he returned to the stage.
Lee Simmons acted as the singer’s love interest in the “Nice & Slow” music video. The song is from Usher’s 1997 “My Way” album, and in the first two weeks of 1998, it spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Another significant event was Kim Kardashian’s girls’ trip to Usher’s concert. For her own birthday in October, Kim wanted to take her friends to the R&B singer’s Las Vegas residency, but due to bad weather, they were unable to fly and had to eat In-N-Out burgers back in Los Angeles.
While in Las Vegas last weekend to officiate hairstylist Chris Appleton and “White Lotus” actor Lukas Gage’s wedding, Kim finally got to see Usher’s show, but she claimed on her Instagram Stories that her girlfriends thought she “cheated on them.”
She remarked as she boarded her private plane this weekend, “I’m returning the surprise to all these lovely ladies and gentlemen and we are going to Usher.”
And based on appearances, Kim and her pals appear to have “got it bad” for Usher.