Usher Says He Has an 'Incredible Opening Prepared' for 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Usher is hosting the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing Thursday on FOX
Usher is ready to put on the show of a lifetime.
"I do have an incredible opening prepared and it is my outfit to start with," says Usher. "There's going to be many moments. I'm actually going to bring the club to the iHeartRadio Music Awards experience. I built an entire club to just keep the lounge in the energy throughout the entire night. So it's going to be a really incredible experience."
The epic show, which will feature performances by The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Silk Sonic's Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, Dan + Shay and Doja Cat, marks one of the first times that the "Yeah!" singer and his fellow stars will be joined by a live audience since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It really feels good to literally have a crowd in front of you," he tells PEOPLE (the TV Show!). "We've been doing these things online. It's really hard to conjure that energy and recreate the moment that happens between you and an audience. You can't create it."
"So really excited to, for the first time in the Dolby Theatre, to have an actual audience and be able to perform and be hopefully an amazing host for them," Usher adds.
Be sure to check out PEOPLE's iHeartRadio Music Awards coverage to get the latest news on music's big night.
"I'm really happy for him to continue to just be the incredible man that he is, not just the artist," says Usher, who was a mentor to Bieber, now 27, as he came up. "To be able to come through some very tumultuous times and now be very happy with his lovely, incredible wife and just to see him being creative and staying open and staying lifted. He has a light around him."
The iHeartRadio Music Awards are airing live from Los Angeles from 8-10 p.m. ET on FOX.
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