While many were outside watching fireworks in their hometowns to celebrate the 4th of July, others took to their television sets to see Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular.
Set to a playlist created by Usher — the first person to ever help curate the soundtrack — the pyrotechnic show over New York’s Hudson River was incredible to watch … if not to hear. The pop superstar now faces criticism for playing what many are saying was too much Usher.
Indeed, while his playlist included songs from Jimi Hendrix, Kanye West, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, it also had four of his own hits: “Euphoria,” “Yeah!,” “OMG,” and David Guetta‘s “Without You” (vocals by Usher). You can check out the full playlist here.
Was Usher’s use of Usher songs too much for a holiday that is supposed to celebrate our country? These twitter users certainly thought so:
#macys Since when did Usher become the official soundtrack of the 4th of July?
— Emily Meredith (@EmilyMeredith80) July 5, 2013
Where are the patriotic songs at the Macy’s fireworks? Instead, it’s been Usher’s greatest hits. Boo! 4th of july fireworks #Macys
— Jeff Morosoff (@jeffmorosoff) July 5, 2013
So by “artistic collaboration” in the July 4th firework show, Usher meant “you’re gonna use all my songs” in the July 4th firework show…
— Doug Brochu (@DugyFresh) July 5, 2013
Hey Macy’s, July 4th celebrates the birth of our nation not Usher’s career and club music.
— Don McPherson (@DonMcPherson) July 5, 2013
Usher your music choice was horrible last night. You’re selfish and self centered. You ruined the fireworks.
— Mike Delpome (@MikeDelps) July 5, 2013
“Might as well play all my songs here…” — Usher, when asked to pick songs for the fireworks display
— Nean Lockhart (@nsane8) July 5, 2013