10 of Your Favorite Famous Singers Who Won an Academy Award
March 2, 2018
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Yes, there may be a whole
entire award show dedicated to musicians, but working on a film is a whole new level of talent. There are tons of celebrities who have attempted to break into the music industry, and there are a few who actually succeeded and even won an Oscar for their efforts! So, we rounded up 10 of the biggest pop singers who have been honored with an Academy Award, whether it be for their acting chops or their work on the soundtrack. (Let’s see if we can add Mary J. Blige to the list this weekend!)
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John Legend is only an Emmy win away from becoming the newest member of the acclaimed group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (a.k.a. EGOT). Remember, in 2015, John won his first Oscar for his work in Selma.
legendary musician worked with rapper Common to create the song "Glory" for the Oprah Winfrey-produced film that tells the story of the Selma to Montgomery marches for voting rights in 1965. John and Common took home the Oscar for Best Original Song and also won the same award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.
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Before she made her highly-anticipated comeback with "Hello" in 2015,
Adele won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2012. Not only did Adele write "Skyfall," which was used as the theme song of the James Bond film of the same name, but she sang it as well and it became an instant hit.
Due to Adele's hit song,
Skyfall became the first James Bond installment to win at the Golden Globe Awards, Brit Awards and Academy Awards. Adele also performed "Skyfall" live for the first time the day she won, which made the win even sweeter. This is Adele's only Oscar nomination and win, but we sure hope it's not her last.
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Prince is one of the most iconic and best-selling musicians of all time. He paved away in music for individuality, acceptance and self-love and inspired millions over his 30+-year career and has the Academy Award to prove it. In 1985, Prince released Purple Rain, which became one of his most well-known pieces of work. Purple Rain is the soundtrack to the film of the same name that marked Prince's movie debut.
Although the movie wasn't a massive success, Prince's performance was praised as well as the film's soundtrack. Prince received his first Oscar nomination and win for Best Original Song Score, which also happened to be the last time the category was awarded at the Academy Awards.
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Unlike most people on this list,
Jennifer Hudson took home her Oscar for an acting category instead of one that was music-specific. The American Idol alum made her film debut in Dreamgirls in which she starred alongside Beyoncé and Jamie Foxx. Dreamgirls was adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, so Jennifer still got to impress audiences everywhere with her incredible voice.
Jennifer's performance was praised by pretty much everyone and she went on to win Best Supporting Actress at the 64th Golden Globe Awards, 13th Screen Actors Guild Awards and the 79th Academy Awards. That's pretty impressive for someone who had never acted in a film before!
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Elton John wrote the soundtrack to our childhood, so it's only right that he has been awarded for his talents. We have Elton to thank for the soundtracks to The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado and in 1995 he could definitely ~feel the love~.
Not only did Elton win Best Original Song, but he was nominated THREE times in the same category.
The Lion King was such a hit that "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata" were all nominated for an Academy Award.
Other than his soundtracks, Elton's discography is quite impressive with the help of "Tiny Dancer", "Candles in the Wind" and "Bennie & The Jets."
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It's no secret that
The Beatles is THE OG boy band. The Beatles started world domination in 1960 and never looked back. The men were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and hold the record for most #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1971, the British group won the Academy Award for Best Music (Original Song Score) for its work in
Let It Be, a documentary about the members recording their twelfth and final album of the same name. The lead single on the album was the main song in the film and earned the group its only Oscar.
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Like Jennifer Hudson,
Cher earned her Oscar for her acting instead of her singing. Cher is known for the classic songs "Believe", "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "I Got You Babe," but in 1984, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Silkwood. She lost her first nomination to Linda Hunt, but in 1988, she claimed her victory as Best Actress for her work in Moonstruck.
Moonstruck isn't a musical movie like Dreamgirls, but it did show off Cher's acting chops and prove how versatile she truly is. What an icon.
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Who could forget when
Sam Smith won an Oscar and his acceptance speech went terribly wrong? The "Too Good at Goodbyes" singer took a cue from Adele, and provided the theme to the 2015 James Bond film Spectre. Sam worked with famed songwriter Jimmy Napes to bring "Writing's on the Wall" to life and it won them an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
"Writing's on the Wall" became the first James Bond movie theme to reach #1 on the UK Singles Chart and it is also the second-ever theme to win an Academy Award. Sam and Jimmy also won for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
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The "I Put a Spell On You" singer is known for her ability to mix pop and rock together seamlessly while still being able to create stellar soul and R&B music.
Annie Lennox has a total of eight BRIT Awards, including being named Best British Female Artist a record six times. Her work is iconic and we love that she was able to be awarded an Oscar for her participation in the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Annie wrote and performed the song "Into the West" for the final installment of the
Lord of the Rings trilogy and just thinking about it makes us get a little emotional. She took home the Academy Award in 2004 and we hope that she works on another Oscar-winning soundtrack soon!
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The queen of Broadway is also the queen of pop and movies.
Barbra Streisand has been nominated for an Academy Award a total of five times and has won twice. She is known for her singing roles in the films Funny Girl and A Star Is Born and she has been justly awarded for her work.
She received her first nomination for Best Actress in 1969 for leading in
Funny Girl, which she went on to win. She was nominated again in 1974, 1977, 1992 and 1997 and won again in 1977 for Best Original Song due to her work in Evergreen.