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Usher's Super Bowl Halftime Show will be longer than normal

A photo of Usher from 2012.
Usher. (Shutterstock/Debby Wong)

Usher's Super Bowl Halftime Show this Sunday will be longer than in previous years.

Rather than perform for the customary 13 minutes, the "Burn" singer will instead take to the stage for 15.

"I can't explain why, but it's a funny thing that I was able to do and craft," Usher explained to Entertainment Weekly in an interview published on Wednesday.

"That was a huge strategic thing that happened between me and my agency," he added.

In an interview with Billboard published on Wednesday, Usher also confirmed that he will be joined by a guest or two during his longer-than-normal performance.

"There are special guests," he said.

Usher's long list of collaborators include Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, and Alicia Keys.

The 45-year-old, whose new album "Coming Home" drops on Friday, told Billboard that he's been preparing for the show by watching past performers such as Michael Jackson, Prince, and Rihanna.

"I've watched every performer, analyzing how they maximized those 12 minutes," he said. "But you know, your moment is your moment. And this is a moment I've prepared for during the last 30 years."

Sunday's Super Bowl, which is taking place at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be contested between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

The game is a repeat of the 2020 Super Bowl, which the Chiefs won 31-20.

The Chiefs also won last year's Super Bowl, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35.


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