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The Best Pop Star Movie Cameos

Updated October 10, 2019 189 votes 31 voters14 items

List RulesVote up the pop stars who nailed their parts despite their limited screen time.

It’s always fun to see your favorite pop stars in movies. The best movie cameos are usually played for laughs, and sometimes even feature the pop star singing a tune with someone from the cast. From Madonna to Michael Jackson to Ariana Grande, here are the best movie cameo appearances from the biggest pop stars in music.

Britney Spears shows up as a fembot in Austin Powers in Goldmember. Michael Jackson is one of many celebrity aliens in Men in Black II. Usher is able to poke fun at his strip bar past in Hustlers. So, which pop star movie cameos are your favorite? Make your voice heard. Vote up the music superstar film appearances that you enjoyed the most. 

  • According to Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld, Michael Jackson loved the first MIB movie so much that he asked to be in the sequel

    In the King of Pop's cameo, Jackson is an alien who pleads with MIB leader Zed (Rip Torn) to be made into an official MIB agent. Fittingly, he wants to be called "Agent M." 

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  • A dynamic James Brown performs the song "Living in America" prior to Apollo Creed's (Carl Weathers) boxing match with Soviet Union boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Drago is much bigger, much stronger, and much younger than Creed, who is slain during the fight.

    The movie, which was made at the height of the Cold War in 1985, echoes the real-life tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. By the end of the movie, Brown's song has a whole new meaning.

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  • At the end of The Wedding Singer, Robbie (Adam Sandler) is on an airplane explaining his sorry love life to the passengers in first class - as well as singer Billy Idol. Idol gives Robbie an assist when they learn the woman Robbie loves, Julia (Drew Barrymore), is also on the flight with her villainous fiance, Glenn (Matthew Glave).

    Robbie tells Julia how much he loves her with a song that is played over the plane's speaker system. Idol helps Robbie by physically holding back Glenn. The pop star also tells Robbie he likes his song so much that he is going to try and get him a record deal. 

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  • The No Doubt frontwoman made her cinematic debut in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. In the cameo role, Stefani plays Hollywood actor and Hughes gal pal Jean Harlow.

    The pop star portrays the glamorous side of Harlow, attending Hughes's red carpet movie events. She perfectly rocks the actress's signature platinum blonde look. 

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