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Everything To Know About Usher's Las Vegas Residency
The former Voice Coach and "New King of Vegas" ended his iconic residency after 100 incredible performances.
It's been too many seasons since we last saw R&B superstar Usher as a Coach on The Voice. But his tenure was definitely memorable: Following his two seasons in the competition, he won in Season 6 with Josh Kaufman.
But there have been many good reasons for his absence; his critically acclaimed residency in Las Vegas has kept Usher booked and busy since 2022. The 100-show residency saw the "Confessions" singer performing an energizing lineup of his decades' worth of sexy hits and newer bops, like his much-talked-about 2023 release "Boyfriend". The show was an irresistible experience that brought a jazz club, roller skating rink, and strip club to the stage.
Read more about Usher's "My Way - The Vegas Residency," below.
When did Usher’s Las Vegas residency begin?
Usher's first residency began in 2021 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, but he moved to the Park MGM in July 2022 where tickets consistently sold out. The praised reception extended his residency multiple times until the end of 2023.
Usher took a hiatus in August 2023, though, and performed the “Usher Rendez vous à Paris” in the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt for four dates in September.
“I really wanted to give women something to look forward to, something to come here to Las Vegas with their friends for,” he told GQ — who dubbed him the "New King of Vegas" — about the residency in February 2023. “They’ve been saving up all year and were able to manage to get away from their kids or get away from their problems.”
When talking about performing two to three nights a week he continued, “I don’t really get tired, because I’m doing what I actually love doing. I find that energy that brings me through it. And furthermore, I really like sweating.”
Where did Usher perform in Las Vegas?
Usher's "My Way - The Vegas Residency," was performed at the Dolby Live indoor amphitheater at the Park MGM Hotel and Casino. The "Yeah" rapper also hosted a special after show for each concert dubbed "Usher: My Way Residency Afterparty - A Taste of Passion."
“We party till about three or four in the morning,” Usher told GQ when describing the event.
Who attended Usher's Vegas residency?
Usher's Las Vegas residency was a star-studded affair attended by celebrities far and wide, both as performers and fellow fans. Pop Sugar reports guest performers included Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri, Miguel, Teyana Taylor, Big Sean, T.I., and several other famed rappers and singers.
One of the most viral aspects of Usher's Vegas residency were the romantic serenades performed at these Vegas performances. Many stars had the honor of hearing Usher's silky vocals up close and personally, making for several swoon-worthy performances. Keke Palmer, Issa Rae, Kim Kardashian, Saweetie, and Doja Cat are just a few of the lucky ladies who've received a serenade from Usher. (Gabrielle Union received one of these sweet songs after seeing Usher perform in Paris.)
Usher told TODAY ahead of his last stint of shows that Taraji P. Henson's impromptu birthday serenade was responsible for kicking off the segment.
"The serenades are really an impromptu thing that just has become a part of this moment (and residency), but it’s a classic part of R&B," Usher explained. "When you go back to the earlier days of R&B, that was what you went to the show for — these impromptu moments where you really did connect with an audience member or audience members."
When did Usher's Vegas residency end?
After 100 electrifying shows, the "My Way" residency ended on December 2, 2023. Usher tearfully bid farewell to the show after yet another hailed performance. Rolling Stone reports that as Usher's backup dancers gave him a round of applause upon the show's closing, Usher couldn't help but tear up at the room's explosive reception. Usher told the audience, "God bless you, I love you," before singing his David Guetta collab "Without You" with the crowd, ending his legendary residency.
The day following Usher's final Vegas show, he took to X, (formerly Twitter) to share a 2004 BBC interview in which he explored the idea of taking his talents to a Vegas stage. In the clip, Usher says, "If I did decide to go to Las Vegas, it would be the most phenomenal thing you've ever seen in your life."
Fast forward to nearly a decade later, and Usher has lived up to that promise. Usher was keen to point out the wholesome coincidence, captioning the post, "I saw it then…look at me now."
Originally published Apr 5, 2023.