Many musicians are known for being quality pranksters. Maybe it's something about their personalities - after all, it makes sense that people who enjoy performing might also enjoy attention. And the antics of these musicians definitely made headlines, caused chaos, and, in one instance, even made an A-list celebrity livid.
The best musician pranksters don't just pull off one good hoax - they do it over and over again in increasingly creative ways. Sure, these music pranks might be annoying in the moment, but in hindsight, they're hilarious. Like, yeah, when Justin Bieber tweeted about a hotline fans could call to ask him questions and then posted the phone number for TMZ's tip line, the TMZ staff was probably pretty annoyed. But no one got hurt and, honestly, a lot of celebrities probably appreciated a little pushback on an organization that frequently shoves cameras and microphones in their faces when they're just trying to go to dinner. Sometimes, silly situations call for silly antics, and these musicians who pull pranks answered the call.
Lovingly called “Moon the Loon,” The Who's drummer was known just as much for his trolling habits as his remarkable ability to play the drums and trash hotel rooms. He had a penchant for stirring up drama with his elaborate practical jokes — including using police bullhorns and speakers hooked up to his car to make outlandish “public service announcements” in sleepy English towns, wearing insanely offensive costumes, and pretending to be kidnapped.
Michael Jackson is widely regarded as the king of pop, but he was also, apparently, the king of practical jokes. The musician prank called Russell Crowe for years. Russell told The Guardian, "I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up [and] do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know, 'Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Ha, ha.' You're supposed to grow out of doing that, right?"
Back before he snuggled up next to J. Lo or professed his love for Rihanna, Drake tied the knot with Nicki Minaj - or, at least, that's what he claimed in 2010. He pranked his fans by claiming he and Nicki had gotten married. However, their “relationship” was short lived, and Nicki (who was naturally in on the prank) tweeted the next day that their marriage was “annulled” but they’d “maintain joint custody.”
Of whom? "All our SONS," Minaj wrote. Okay, then!
We can all agree the members of Nirvana were textbook rock n’ roll trolls. In 1992, when the MTV Video Music Awards forbid the band from playing one of their hit singles, “Rape Me,” - they wanted the band to play “Smells Like Teen Spirit" instead - the group rebelled. During their performance, they trolled the producers by playing a few riffs from “Rape Me” before busting out “Lithium” instead.