Usher has addressed the viral video suggesting he nearly thanked the devil for his NAACP Image Award at the ceremony, earlier this month.

Commenting on Instagram, the iconic singer explained that he stuttered because he was nervous and remarked that “the devil is a lie.”

“Get the hell out of here!!!” God is my Lord and Savior. “The Devil is a lie!!” Usher wrote. “You f**ked me up!!” Not today, sir…I never have time for this type s**t but today, you gon hear this.” He further explained: “I was nervous and jumbled my words when speaking from the heart…”I hate teleprompters and they started to rush me because I was getting a bit long winded…. everybody gets nervous, especially in this position. I was thanking the N Double A C P and shift to the depths of my soul… when my words got mixed. The devil is constantly at work…Do not let him use my boy. You’re terrible for even attempting to share this.

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The NAACP had been honoring Usher with the President’s Award. Elsewhere in his speech, Usher thanked his family for their continued support over the years. “I’m thankful for the support that my mother gave me for my dreams,” he went on to say. “I’m so overwhelmed with appreciation for my entire family, without them I wouldn’t be able to do this. They say standing behind or beside or with every strong man is a stronger woman and for that I thank my mother and I thank my beautiful wife, Jennifer, for holding it down. My kids, I love you guys so so much. I hope that I’m an example. I’m a dad who’s just trying to get it right every day.”

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