In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Usher revealed the performance was dedicated to all the Black artists who have inspired him.
“I think about what our country has kind of represented for Black artists,” he said around the 1-minute mark. “Having to, at some point, go through kitchens to even be able to perform for an audience. They have to leave back through that same door, fear for their lives, as they went to the next state to do the same thing. So I’m coming through the front door with this one.”
He continued, “I didn’t start where I am now, and I didn’t get there by myself. So, everybody that has been a part of it, I’m carrying them with me. All of my fans, my loved ones — the people who may have felt like they have been forgotten, they haven’t. I’m carrying you right with me when I walk on that stage that night.”