According to TMZ Sports, Usher and Justin have been in direct contact about sharing the stage together.
“Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … USHER reached out directly to Bieber about performing. We’re told there were no handlers involved on either side … they talked directly to each other,” TMZ wrote.
The outlet also noted that it was unclear if the two Grammy-winning artists ended up working a deal out to perform.
In a short film titled Where’s Usher? released by Apple Music, which sponsors the Halftime Show, it seems to be teasing that Ludacris and Lil Jon will join him for Sunday’s performance – but Bieber is not present.
USHER noted that those who have been apart of his career and success will be coming along with him.
There have also been rumblings about Alicia Keys being in Las Vegas and working with Usher this week.
Bieber took a step back from performing after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome in June 2022. The rare neurological disorder attacks nerves in the body and can cause facial paralysis.
The diagnosis caused Bieber to eventually cancel the remaining dates on his Justice World Tour that was scheduled to run through March 2023. He played his first show in nearly two years earlier this month at a club in Toronto.
USHER and Bieber have a relationship dating back to 2010 when Usher was featured on “Somebody to Love” from Bieber’s debut studio album. The R&B superstar has been credited as a mentor to Bieber and helped establish his career from a young age.
Many will find out the final lineup at the halftime show for the big game.