Will.i.am on Performing with Usher at the Super Bowl – The Hollywood Reporter


Usher made a visitor look at the Black Eyed PeasSuper Bowl halftime show in 2011, and bandleader will.i.am says he was completely happy to return the favor on Sunday.

Will.i.am carried out “OMG” — which he wrote and produced — alongside Usher at each occasions. 

“How can I clarify it? There’s no phrases to actually clarify that,” he informed The Hollywood Reporter after the efficiency. “Now 13 years later, it means one thing completely completely different. It’s stunning. It was fantastic. It’s implausible.”

As they carried out “OMG,” curler skaters danced and flipped onstage. “The explanation I say our part was probably the most ‘What the F’ is as a result of we’ve by no means seen curler skating at any kind of massive world stage like that. It felt just like the city Olympics. He introduced the city Olympics to the Tremendous Bowl.”

“There have been a variety of OMG moments within the present. There have been so many OMG moments that 60 seconds of ‘OMG’ was all you wanted as a result of the present was ‘oh my gosh,’” he provides.

One other favourite second? “That one time when he chest bare onstage,” he stated, laughing, “that was loopy.”

Usher and can.i.am on the 2011 Tremendous Bowl.

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Usher’s efficiency additionally featured Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Lil Jon, H.E.R. and Jermaine Dupri, and the Grammy-winning star ran via hits like “U Acquired It Dangerous,” “Love On this Membership,” “U Don’t Must Name” and “Yeah!”

Usher did so properly that can.i.am didn’t understand the singer was 45 years outdated: “Rattling, I didn’t know Usher was 45. I assumed he was at the very least 33.”

The dance-flavored “OMG” was launched in 2010, topped the all-genre Billboard Scorching 100 chart for 4 weeks and reached 8x-platinum standing, which is equal to promoting 8 million singles.

Will.i.am says when he composed the tune he knew it “was going to be a smash.” He stated he created the tune after the success of the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” which options the lyrics: “Exit and smash it, like, ‘Oh my God.’”

“‘OMG’ is due to ‘I Gotta Feeling,’” he defined. “‘I Gotta Feeling’ was the ingredient. It was the DNA.

“Working with Usher has been superior,” he added. “I need to work extra with him sooner or later. I’m actually pleased with his [new] album Coming Residence. It’s superb. I’m pleased with his efficiency now.”


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