Usher has laid to rest his grandmother Tina Carter following her passing on Christmas Eve.
In his first heartfelt tribute, the Confessions crooner praised “Grandma Tina” as a source of light for whomever she came in contact with and said he had lost a stone in his life.
“It took me a few days to find out that my grandmother Tina is no longer with me. I pray for clarity and strength for all who trusted her,” he wrote. “Her daily devotion was to help those in need and she did just that. It was her life’s work. She was truly a prayer warrior for me and so many others. I feel a little lost right now.”
He continued: “Her belief was that GOD always has a plan…I’m trying to understand that right now. The other half of me continues to crack silently. We were just laughing days ago… I really thought we had more time. When I was lost she was always there when I called her no matter the hour or how long it took…GOD answered her prayers…and now I know He has called her home. I just wasn’t ready.
“Her last words to me were, ‘There’s a time for everything, son … there’s a time to laugh, a time to cry … there’s a time to live and a time to die. ‘ When I was broken, confused, lost and most vulnerable. She saw something else…and was there to remind me of purpose, and that no matter what I was facing. I love you more, she would say.”
Usher echoed that sentiment with another poignant tribute to his grandmother on Sunday (January 8) following her funeral, where the pews were packed with loved ones.
“We love you more Grandma Tina. Rest in Paradise,” he wrote in his Instagram caption as he shared several photos from the “celebration of life” service.
Usher, wearing a black suit and tie, could be seen saying his final goodbyes to his grandmother as he stood in front of her open casket next to a relative who he was also photographed hugging.
Another photo showed gospel singer Kirk Franklin gracing the microphone in front of the congregation, arms outstretched.
Grandma Tina had her own Instagram page, and in her last post in OctoberUsher could be seen asking his audience to pray for his grandmother as her health declined.
“To God be the glory my dear granddaughter,” Ms. Tina, who was 87 years old at the time of her death, wrote in her caption. “keep praying and believing God!”
Many of Usher’s peers sent love and support in the comments, including Jacquees, Halle Berry, Lil Jon, Bun B, Angie Martinez and more.
While Ushers 2023 is off to a rocky start, “Yeah!” the singer had a great 2022, including a successful stay in Las Vegas and a viral Small desk performance that made him a meme.
“I was blown away, I was shocked,” Usher told Twitter Music about his viral success. “I think I was in Los Angeles somewhere and they were like, ‘Yo, you know you’re going viral?’ I say, ‘It’s good, isn’t it?’
“Then I looked and I saw a few people doing it. Then I saw more people doing what I had done and it just kept going and going and I was like, ‘Wow, this is amazing. This is something especially.’”
When asked where the inspiration came from to strike the iconic pose during his rendition of “Superstar,” Usher said it just came to him in the moment.
“I don’t know where the inspiration comes from sometimes,” he said. “It could have been anything. It could have been Prince. Somebody had speculated that Prince had done something like this before.
“I don’t know, but I do know that I felt like it was the right thing to do at that moment, which was just going to give people a good time. It just happened, I didn’t plan it. It just happened.”