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Usher Sesame Street ABC Performance

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

When Abby, Grover, Murray, Elmo and Usher get together to sing the ABCs it's going to be entertaining. The multi-talented Usher gives one of the best Sesame Street ABC performances to date.


Grade: A

Character: Himself

Sesame Street Characters: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Murray

Episode: #4407

Original Air Date: October 3, 2013



If you use YouTube to watch Sesame Street, then you're going to quickly come across the Usher alphabet song called "The ABCs of Moving You." It's got well over 266 million views and counting for a reason - it's great.


The Usher alphabet rendition is one of the best ever from Sesame Street, and that's saying a lot since there's probably been 100+ of them over the years. What's so great about it is that it teaches the ABCs while getting kids active. Plus, it's a whole lot of fun.


Usher does a great job keeping the energy up and bringing the letters to life. Of course, his voice is always amazing but the action paired with it is what makes this version of the ABCs a standout. Usher also interacted with the puppets well even though there was a lot of movement going on with four Sesame Street characters at once.


One downside is that all the Sesame Street characters accept Murray got a moment in the song to act out a letter. After all, Murray does often announce the letter of the day.


Usher alphabet for Sesame Street ABCs performance
Usher Sesame Street ABCs - Sesame Sreet Workshop

In true Usher fashion, word on the street is that Usher suggests his name be used for the letter U. And he's the one who suggested the song be acapella style. That's a really smart move given that the ABCs is usually acapella for kids.

Usher Sesame Street Bonus Footage

This isn't Usher's only Sesame Street appearance. He was also in a Word of the Day skit for "unique".


Usher's song also has something in common with the Adam Sandler Sesame Street musical performance. Both songs were nominated for a Daytime Emmy award in the "Best Original Song" category.


What Do You Think About Usher's Sesame Street Performance?

Was it one of the better Sesame Street ABC performances? Or is it a little too drawn out to teach kids the ABCs? You be the critic!

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