Usher, born Usher Raymond IV, is a multitalented singer, songwriter, and dancer. He has captivated audiences worldwide for over two decades. Usher has been active in the music industry since the early 1990s and has established himself as one of his generation's most successful performers. He's relatively known for his smooth vocals, stellar dance skills, and the born ability to take an audience by surprise. Over the years, Usher has also performed on some of the world's biggest stages. He's left his mark with unforgettable live performances that showcase his exceptional talent, charisma, and stage presence. Here are some of his best live performances to date.
"U Got It Bad" - 2002 MTV Video Music Awards
His 2002 "U Got It Bad" performance at the MTV Video Music Awards is one of his most iconic. The performance began with Usher emerging from a set of white doors and walking down a narrow hallway toward the stage. A group of dancers surrounded the singer. Then, the lights turned on, and Usher captivated the audience with his smooth voice and impressive dance moves.
Usher's performance was a masterclass in showmanship, with the singer showcasing his incredible stage presence and effortless charisma. The highlight of the performance came towards the end when Usher climbed on top of a grand piano and belted out the chorus. He displayed his powerful vocals and electrifying stage presence. The performance was a testament to Usher's unparalleled talent.
"OMG" at the 2010 American Music Awards
His performance of "OMG" at the 2010 American Music Awards was a high-energy spectacle that left audiences breathless. Usher rose from the stage on a moving platform, surrounded by a group of dancers dressed in futuristic outfits. As the song's infectious beat kicked in, he unleashed his signature dance moves, sending the crowd into a frenzy. The performance was a spectacle of lights, smoke, and choreography. It culminated in a jaw-dropping dance break that left the audience on their feet. Also, the performance was a testament to his incredible showmanship and ability to thrill audiences. It further cemented Usher's status as one of the music industry's most talented and exciting performers.
"Climax" - 2012 BET Awards
The performance of "Climax" at the 2012 BET Awards was a stripped-down affair. The display showcased the singer's raw talent and incredible voice. It was also a departure from Usher's usual high-energy, choreographed performances. Instead, he was accompanied only by a guitarist and a drummer on stage. The simplicity further allowed Usher's voice to take center stage, and he delivered a hauntingly beautiful rendition that left the audience spellbound. Usher's performance was a testament to his versatility as an artist, proving his voice's power amid minimal accompaniment.
"Caught Up" - 2005 MTV Video Music Awards
Usher's "Caught Up" performance at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards was a tour de force. It began with Usher descending from the ceiling on a platform, surrounded by dancers. As the song's infectious beat kicked in, Usher also unleashed his signature moves, showcasing his agility, rhythm, and showmanship. The performance was a high-energy spectacle, culminating in a jaw-dropping dance break that left the audience breathless. It was also a testament to his passion for performing, showcasing his unmatched talent as a dancer.
"Love In This Club" - 2008 MTV Video Music Awards
His "Love In This Club" performance at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards began with Usher rising from a bed on stage. Usher was even dressed silk pajamas to help set the mood. He launched into the song, showcasing his smooth vocals and sensual dance moves. The performance also was a feast for the senses, with the singer surrounded by dancers who added to the carnality of the performance. The highlight came towards the end when Usher was joined on stage by a surprise guest, Jeezy. The two artists performed a high-energy rendition of the song, with the crowd going wild.
"DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" - 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
Usher's performance of "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards was a high-energy spectacle. As the song's infectious beat kicked in, Usher unleashed his signature dance moves, sending the crowd into a frenzy. It also had a dance break that got the audience on their feet. Usher's performance was a testament to his incredible energy and passion for performing, showcasing his unmatched talent as a dancer. The performance was a highlight of the night and further cemented Usher's status as one of the most talented performers in the industry.
"Confessions Part II" - 2005 Grammy Awards
Usher's performance of "Confessions Part II" at the 2005 Grammy Awards was powerful and emotional. It also helped showcase Usher's incredible vocal range and ability to connect with his audience on a deeper level. The show began with Usher sitting on a stool, surrounded by musicians. The highlight of the performance came towards the end of the show. R&B icon James Ingram joined Usher, adding an extra layer of power to the performance.