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Usher Curating Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks

Usher Curating Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks
7/4/2013 3:36 PM ET

Usher has signed on to celebrate this Independence Day as the curator of Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks display in New York. The event sees the R&B crooner pairing his sounds with the impressive pyrotechnics display.

In a statement, Ush said that he's always been a fan of fireworks but has had trouble putting on a proper show in the past.

"This year, I'm not burning my thumbs," he said. "And I'm not going to break my neck trying to get away from that firework that I lit. 'Cause I try that every year — to do the big firecracker in my backyard where I light the wick, or you gotta light five of them and run away from them before it shoots off. I tried that sh*t, it didn't work."

He added that it's been a labor of love pulling this year's show together.

"I have agonized over making sure that the show is perfect — from giving them visual references, giving them design cues, colors, ideas," he said. "I mean, I wanted to see a winking smile. I hope to see hearts and stars in the sky. If I have a song called 'Diamonds' — can we have diamonds in the sky?"

by RTT Staff Writer

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