Usher has announced that his serenading days in Las Vegas are finally coming to an end, as the R&B singer will wrap up his Vegas residency in December.
The R&B star’s popular My Way Vegas Residency at the Dolby Live Theater in Park MGM started last July, and has become one of the country’s most sought-after shows. While Usher’s time on the strip has been filled with many memorable moments, the singer’s team confirmed to local outletFox 5 Vegas that all the fun will be coming to an end before 2023 is out.
Aside from his upcoming dates in October, Usher added 12 more dates to his run and will conclude with performances on November 3 through 29 before wrapping things up on December first and second.
Tickets for the final 12 shows will go on sale to the public Friday, August 25 at 10 a.m. at Live Nation.
Usher’s time in Vegas has stirred up plenty of drama, especially with his signature serenades which have become a staple of his show. He serenaded Saweetie back in July and previously did the same for Joe Budden’s girlfriend Shadée Monique back in April.
The rapper-turned-podcaster was sitting front-and-center with his boo as Usher belted out “There Goes My Baby” and took Monique by the hand, who danced along with him as audience members behind the happy couple screamed with joy.
However, it was his serenading of Keke Palmer that made some serious headlines.
In July, Keke’s baby father Darius Jackson took issue with her outfit at the Las Vegas show. “It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom,” he wrote on Twitter, publicly criticizing his partner.
After facing blowback, Jackson double-downed on his stance, adding: “We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is.
“This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case.”
Usher then added fuel to the fire by dropping off the video for his new single “Boyfriend.” Starring Keke Palmer, many looked to Jackson for his reaction as the entire clip pokes fun at the concert issue.
The clip starts off much like the video for Usher’s 2001 hit “U Don’t Have To Call” as Palmer can be seen sliding around in a white robe as she gets ready for a night out at the Confessions crooner’s Vegas concert.
As Keke meets up with her homegirls, Usher’s lyrics send a self-serving message that suggests he could care less if he’s wrecking someone’s home.
“Somebody said that your boyfriend’s looking for me/ Oh that’s cool, that’s cool/ Well he should know I’m pretty easy to find/ Just look for me wherever he sees you,” he belts out over the bouncy, club-friendly production.
At the end of the video, Keke then wakes up in bed to a phone call and realized she was dreaming the whole thing and has slept through Usher’s show.
She then says: “Shit, I’m so tired! I’m a mother… after all” with a wink — a nod to her boyfriend’s criticism.
“I think everybody’s vision or a version of what they felt happened there just leads you back to just really having a good time in Las Vegas,” he said. “And that’s what I hope came out of it. Rather, it was a conversation of what was going on with us having fun in front of the audience or conversation about that song.”
He continued: “Every night I’m thinking about how the world now is going to react to this moment that I’ll have with whoever I’m choosing to sing to. But it was a pop moment, and it was fun to have at least conversation going and we just keep it light. I don’t see anything negative happening in Las Vegas.”