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Usher was on the lineup of performers for the One Love Manchester benefit concert, but he wasn’t in attendance and now he’s explaining his absence.

Usher also said he wasn’t even scheduled to perform at the concert in the first place. It seems a UK publicist for the concert initially announced Usher and David Beckham would be “making appearances.” But it was apparently a reference to recorded messages both made, which were played during the concert – and not live performances or appearances. The publicist eventually took their names off the list, but word had already spread.

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