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This year, NPR Music is celebrating Black Music Month with an array of brand new Tiny Desk concerts - both from home and from behind our beloved Desk. Together, these artists represent the past, present and future of Black music. This month of carefully curated shows is a celebration of Black artists expressing themselves in ways we've never seen before, and of the Tiny Desk's unique way of showcasing that talent.

Bobby Carter | June 30, 2022
"We celebrate Black Music Month. This has been Black magic." Truer words may have never been spoken behind the Tiny Desk as R&B goliath Usher caps off our month-long celebration of Black music, highlighting a catalog chock-full of hits spanning 25 years. It's been over two years since NPR headquarters was abuzz with chatter of a legend in the building. After an early morning rehearsal for his set at the Something in the Water Festival in Washington, D.C., he made his way over to deliver an unforgettable performance.

Usher and his band, all dipped in black, set it off with an introduction over a funky horn-laced instrumental reminiscent of a Blaxploitation flick. They keep that groove going right into a reworked version of his 1997 breakout single, "You Make Me Wanna..." Twenty-five years later, Usher sits arguably as the king of R&B. Between 2000 and 2010, there was no debate whatsoever, with his string of records that included the biggest R&B album of the 21st century, Confessions.

What he's done in the vocal booth is only half of his claim to fame. The stage is where he's continued to shine as he prepares for the second leg of his Las Vegas residency. This loose and playful set touches on his many career phases; the crooning, the deeply personal, the club bangers and even the Tik Tok challenges indicate that he could just be reaching his prime. Recently, we've heard plenty of hot takes, wild battles and social media fodder about who sits at the mountaintop in the world of R&B. Usher Raymond has entered the chat.

SET LIST
"You Make Me Wanna..."
"Superstar"
"U Don't Have to Call"
"Nice & Slow"
"Confessions Part II"
"My Way"

MUSICIANS
Usher: vocals
Eric Bellinger: vocals
Vedo: vocals
Dmitry Gorodetsky: bass
Lemar Guillary: trombone
Brandyn Phillips: trumpet
Jay Flat: saxophone
Darek Cobbs: keys
Erick Walls: guitar
Ryan Carr: drums

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Bobby Carter
Audio Recording & Mix Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Director: Kara Frame
Editor: Michael Zamora
Series Creator: Bob Boilen
Videographers: Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Michael Zamora, Pierre Kattar, Alanté Serene
Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco, Maia Stern
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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Evelyn From The Internets
you know what?!?!? it's not much you can count on in this life lawd except (1) Usher being fine (2) Usher hitting a falsetto while being fine
atlas-
atlas- 14 dias atrás
This dude's not just a Musician. Not just an Artist. He's a Professional.
Paula Rodriguez
Paula Rodriguez 14 dias atrás
Usher is a class singer. The man can ACTUALLY sing. And after all these years he still sounds the same. Everyone should be an Usher stan. If you love music, and don't love Usher do you really like music?
Sereima Rokobatini
I need NPR to have a spotify playlist because these live sessions hit different 😍
Wink and Blush Beauty
I need him to re release these songs again with the arrangements used here. The goosebumps and chills from the harmonies in the horns, the groove, the smoothness and easiness of his voice. Omg. Eargasm.
Kay Ever
Kay Ever 14 dias atrás
This is what a TRUE ARTIST looks like, no social media flexing required ..... his calling card is his TALENT , PERIOD & EXCLAMATION POINT!!!
Robert Ricketts
Black men - showing teeth, being joyous and singing without autotune is something I need more of this year!
Eric G
Eric G Dia atrás
"Have you guys ever turnt the camera to see everybody?" Usher is just too good. Including the audience and making us all feel like we're there. He did an amazing job!
Hamos Ally
Hamos Ally 14 dias atrás
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Cedric Harris
Cedric Harris Dia atrás
This was a masterclass in groove and showmanship. Bruv and the band killed it.
Chris Teya
Chris Teya 14 dias atrás
We need an Usher - Anderson Paak feature. They can sync so well, forsho.
joseminas
joseminas 7 horas atrás
Que isso nível em nível, altíssimo, os brasileiros também vai nessas ondas melódicas..
I Am Eloho
Smiling ear to ear throughout this entire video 😁🤭 I miss R&B like this ❤️
Fee
Fee 14 dias atrás
His “watch this” and the giggle afterwards brings me joy every time I watch it .. he’s adorable
U:R?
U:R? Dia atrás
Came for the meme but ended up watching the whole thing, Usher's stage presence is truly next level.
J.L. Quinn
J.L. Quinn 14 dias atrás
When a singer takes pride in their craft you can tell the difference! Vocals are top notch! Sang Usher!
Edz Mendoza
Edz Mendoza 14 dias atrás
Usher DEFINITELY still has it, even after >25 years in the music industry. He actually even got BETTER. Woo!
Damonk
Damonk 14 dias atrás
This is arguable the best tiny desk ever made. T-Pain is the only other concert that challenges this. Absolutely amazing concert here.
Jzon Azari
And this is why y'all have to respect Usher for those who think ANY of those suggestions are qualified for a VERZUZ against him. GOAT for spotlighting Eric Bellinger and VEDO. l great voices.
hueo far
hueo far 14 dias atrás
I love the way he interacts with the audience. Usher is so smooth with everything he does. A true talent!!
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