R+B singer Usher has been left "speechless" by Democrat Barack Obama's election triumph - making him the first African American president of the U.S.
The Illinois senator beat Republican rival John MCCain when the country went to the polls on Tuesday (04Nov08).
Usher joined rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige to lend his backing to Obama in the run-up to the election, and he admits he is pleasantly stunned by Obama's appointment - because it proves America's Civil Rights Movement made a real difference.
He says, "This will go down in history, in black history, for all of the sacrifices that the great Joseph Lowery and Martin Luther King made; this actually pays off for their sacrifice.
"The great Rosa Parks. So many people sacrificed for us to have a voice. It was one thing to have a voice but, to eventually know the best way to use it and then it grows into this, it's just incredible. I'm speechless. I don't even know what to say."