Usher Headlines Cincinnati Music Festival
Usher didn’t let his looming STD scandal get in the way a great performance over the weekend.
The R&B heartthrob made his first US public appearance after a report emerged that he’d paid a woman $1.1 million in 2012 after she sued him for infecting her with the herpes virus.
Usher seemed to have put the STD scandal behind him as he thrilled some 50,000 fans on the last night the Cincinnati Music Festival July 29.
The married father did not directly address the elephant in the room, and instead focused on the Queen City’s musical legacy and his love for his fans.
“It’s been a long time, and for a lot you, this is our first time,” Usher, dressed in all white, said. “If you’re day one Usher fan, I want you to make some noise right now! If you’ve been down, I want you to make some noise right now!” to cheers from the crowd, before launching into “Love In The Club.”
He added: “I love you, thank you, I appreciate you.”
Following Usher’s alleged court battle being made public, another anonymous woman came forward to sue him for $40 million for knowingly infecting her with herpes after they had sex earlier this year. And last week, celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom tweeted that three women had approached her for legal advice after they said they also had sex with Usher. The singer hasn’t commented publicly on the allegations.
If Usher was bothered by the STD allegations, he didn’t let it show. As the festival’s headliner, Usher put in an energetic performance, crooning and grooving to his hit songs from the past two decades to the audience’s delight. Also on the bill Saturday night was Ro James, Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia and Confunkshun.
“Cincinnati, Ohio, I have a lot to be thankful for,” Usher said. “First and foremost for all the support my fans, the ones who have been by me since day one. All y’all are my day ones. In addition to that, the culture, man, this incredible city and this incredible state. I mean I had to make my way back here one way or another.”
Joined later by collaborator Lil’ Jon, Usher took the crowd through an hour long medley his greatest hits like “Lovers & Friends,” “I Need A Girl,” and “Nice & Slow” – singing back and forth with the crowd – before closing the show with his 2004 hit “Yeah.”
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