Only a handful of current artists can light up the stage in the way that Usher Raymond manages to.
Blessed with an incredible voice and even more impressive dance moves, the 36-year-old still knows how to put on a show.
With his last album underperforming, the new one delayed and a track given away in a cross-promotion with Honey Nut Cheerios, the R&B A-lister perhaps has cause to take stock – but tonight he plays it like a winner.
A successful businessman as well as singer and dancer, this superstar still has his swagger.
He opened up with the bouncy Euphoria and quickly followed it up with Love in The Club.
“It’s been some time since I’ve been here,” he said. No-one would have known. He is still adored around the world and England’s second city is no exception.
Arenas are his natural habitat: his 20 musicians and dancers need the stage room, but so does he, given his propensity for big gestures. Usher baits-and-switches, getting fans to bawl along to the much-loved Pop Ya Collar, only to cut it off as they reach a high-pitched crescendo and slip in a medley of other people’s less worthy hits that he’s featured on, including Diddy’s I Need a Girl and Chris Brown’s New Flame.Tags: O2, uk, Usher, world