The R&B singer is in Detroit for the Ford Freedom Awards and spent the day Instagramming around town.

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Popstar Usher is in Detroit for the Ford Freedom Awards tonight, but with apparent time to kill, he checked out the Motown Historical Museum, Eastern Market and Nojo Kicks shoe store Tuesday afternoon.

The 37-year-old singer posted two photos on Instagram on the steps of the iconic Hitsville U.S.A on West Grand Boulevard and a Snapchat outside the museum and inside Studio A, where Motown legends Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye recorded hits. (Usher is reportedly a Wonder and Gaye fan.)

Usher also Snapchatted in front of several Eastern Market murals and Detroit churches, and he stopped by Nojo Kicks, at 1220 Library St. in Detroit. The store thanked Usher on Instagram and Twitter:

“Shoutout to @usher for coming through today, chopping it up with @mikeylikesit03, and copping some major heat.”

Usher won’t be taking the stage at tonight’s Ford Freedom Awards at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. The event website states Angie Stone and Doug Fresh will perform, and Usher will appear along with former NFL player Jerome Bettis, a Detroit native.

Presented by the Ford Motor Company and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the gala is in honor of “Men of Courage.” Among those receiving awards include former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, author and criminal justice reform advocate Shaka Senghor and University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, who staged a hunger strike against the school’s handling of racism on campus last year.

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