Usher's Macy's Fireworks Playlist Draws Criticism


The pop/dance superstar got the Twitter-verse fired up for including four of his own songs in the show.

Grammy Award-winning performer Usher got everybody excited when it was announced back in May that he would be the first ever artist to curate Macy's 4th of July fireworks display in New York City. But after the fireworks show was finally mounted, the excitement immediately turned to criticism after the 34-year-old entertainer decided to include four of his own song in the playlist.

Twitter account users did not even wait until the show was over to voice out their sentiments on the social networking site, calling Usher's move to feature more than one of his songs in the annual spectacle a "selfish and self-centered" act, wrote one fan. One guy even tweeted, "How much $ did usher pay to get every song he ever recorded played in the NYCity firework mix tape."

Although it had previously been made known that the playlist for the fireworks display would include Usher's own hits, apparently putting in four songs was a bit too much for the taste of the viewers. Those four hit songs were "Euphoria", "Yeah!", "OMG" and David Guetta's "Without You" featuring his vocals.

Despite the backlash, Macy's thought Usher did a pretty amazing job as curator, saying through a rep, "We are very proud of our collaboration with Usher for Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, and we have heard great feedback on all elements of last night's (Thursday's) amazing show." Apart from his own hits, Usher chose to include Jimi Hendrix's version of "The Star-Spangled Banner", as well as music from Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Blake Shelton with wife Miranda Lambert, and the legendary Frank Sinatra.




    Jul 07, 2013

    The music for the fireworks display was terrible! The Star Spangled Banner was an insult to our country. The 4th is a patriotic day and there were no patriotic songs. One big disgrace!

    Jul 06, 2013

    This was one of the worst fireworks displays I've ever seen. In fact, the whole show was badly produced. Only Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift sang live but she wasn't even in NYC. Mariah Carey's setting looked like some porno scene and she and Cher were just lip syncing again like they did on Idol. BORING! The music wasn't patriotic nor did it stir any pride or love of country. It was more of a reflection of self serving egotism and corporate big greed. Macy's should be ashamed!

    Jul 06, 2013

    How about saying how shameful it was to stuff 4 of Usher's own hits and those of his friends in Macy's show for the celebration of INDEPENDENCE DAY? He should have used covers of patriotic anthems from major artists along with a couple of recent pop/country hits and ONE of his own songs. Instead he did what he did and the audience looked asleep! Which was not the case at the PBS presentation from the nation's Capitol! Much more patriotic and respectful of our veteran's sacrifice.

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