Usher and Alicia Keys’ duet at the Super Bowl halftime show was one of the highlights of the night. Their rendition of the 2004 hit “My boo” sparked mixed reactions online, with many fans commenting on the chemistry between the two stars as they hugged and swayed to the song on stage.
While some fans celebrated the nostalgia and energy of the performance, others questioned their intimacy and physical closeness considering Alicia’s married status and Usher’s apparent lack of respect for relationships.
Boosie Badazz weighed in on the performance and used his platform to demand an apology from Usher to Alicia’s husband, Swiss Beatz for what he deemed as inappropriate behavior.
“USHER ENOUGH IS ENOUGH BRO!! U NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO [SWIZZ BEATZ]. SHE [IS] MARRIED MY N####. I KNOW THAT WASN’T PLANNED,” he wrote on Instagram.
YouTuber Your Rage humorously expressed that he wouldn’t be able to handle such a performance from his wife.
“Swizz Beats a better man than me if this was my wife [crying face emoji] i got crash out issues,” he wrote along with a photo of Usher hugging Alicia Keys from behind.
However, Swizz Beatz quickly shut down any negativity. The veteran producer praised the performance and emphasized his support for his wife and Usher. He humorously deflected attention away from the controversy by focusing on Alicia’s stunning red dress and the overall positive impact of the performance.
“Y’all talking about the wrong damn thing !!! y’all don’t see that amazing dress covering the entire stadium,” he captioned an Instagram photo of Alicia Keys’ flowing dress. “Tonight’s performance was nothing but amazing with 2 amazing Giants ! Congrats @usher and my love @aliciakeys that song is a classic. We don’t do negative vibes on this side we make history.”
This isn’t the first time Usher has been accused of dirty mackin’. The “Coming Home” singer faced similar accusations last July after a video of him serenading Keke Palmer at his Las Vegas residency went viral. The video caught the attention of Palmer’s baby daddy, Darius Jackson who criticized Palmer’s outfit choice and mannerisms on the night. His comments created a nasty firestorm that ultimately led to their separation.
Meanwhile, Usher’s halftime show wasn’t just about his duet with Alicia Keys. The 13-minute spectacle featured a lineup of hits, including “Caught Up,” “U Don’t Have To Call,” “Love In This Club,” and “Confessions Part II,” along with surprise appearances by H.E.R, Will.I.am, Lil Jon, and Ludacris.
Watch the full performance here and see more reactions to the “My Boo” duet below.