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Usher Announces His Last Performance For 2005   Print 
Tuesday, 08 March 2005
usherDuring a special Showtime broadcast, Usher announced that he would not perform for the remainder of 2005.

"This last year has been amazing, all of the awards, all of the recognition, but it does not go unnoticed," he shared at the end of the show. "And it wasn't easy, and it's not easy as you continue to move forward in your career, knowing you have so many loved fans that you may possibly walk away from when you could go to the next step of your life...I get choked up...this is my last show this year, man."

The 90-minute extravaganza featuring guests such as Beyonce, Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris, was broadcast live from El Coliseo de Puerto Rico and beamed  around the world during Showtime's free preview weekend.

The singer, who recently joined a group of investors who purchased the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, came out on stage wearing the team's basketball jersey and cap.

"So I guess you guys heard about the Cleveland Cavaliers deal right?," he asked the enthusiastic crowd. "We got the number one championship team in the world...we're going to take it to the top of the world, yeah."

He then threw the cap and his sweaty jersey into the crowd.

For the finale, Usher sang his super-hit "Yeah" alongside "Mouf of the South" rapper Ludacris.

Usher did clarify that he was not leaving the entertainment business.

"I'm a businessman before I'm a musician," he announced. "I'll be doing movies. I got a record label, Ush records, I want you to trust me when I tell you I've got some amazing artists on my label. This is not a goodbye, this is not a farewell, this is a 'I'll see you later!'"

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