Who could have forgotten when A Star Is Born dominated the whole nominations charts in 2019?—from The Academy Awards to Golden Globes—thanks to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for that. When the movie was first dropped in September 2018, everyone was pleasantly surprised by Bradley’s singing and Lady Gaga’s full blown acting.
Audiences often forget that in order to become a global success musician it takes an incredible amount of talent and hard work. And, to become a successful, critically acclaimed movie star is a one-in-a-million achievement. But to do both is stepping into icon territory. A handful of artists have achieved this accolade, turning in film performances that transcend their musical success and celebrity status. Here’s 6 top Hollywood stars who have successfully dominated both industries.
A true Leo queen—always on the spotlight. After dropping multiple hits, including If You Had My Love and I’m Real, she went on to become Hollywood box-office gold, taking on title roles in films including The Wedding Planner (2001) and Maid In Manhattan (2002). But it was back in 1998, when Steven Soderbergh cast her as US Marshal Karen Sisco in Out Of Sight, that the world realised the latina singer could really act.
The chemistry between Lopez and co-star George Clooney is so electrifying it should come with a warning: this film sizzles from the moment the two meet. Last year in Hustlers, alongside Lizzo and Cardi B, Jenny went back to the block, playing a wily con-artist pole dancer, proving at 50 years old she was more magnetic than ever.
Jamie Foxx originally started out as a comedian in the late ’80s, but quickly began releasing music as well. His debut album “Peep This” came out in 1994, at the height of his “In Living Color” fame.
Over the next three decades, Jamie released another four more albums, and was a featured artist on more than a few smash singles, including the seven-time platinum Kanye West song “Gold Digger.” Jamie Foxx won his first Grammy in 2009 for the song “Blame It.” The singer was also revealed to be the mystery voice on Ariana Grande’s 2015 single “Focus.”
As a former member of the Los Angeles–based rap group N.W.A., yup, the Straight Outta Compton movie was based on Ice Cube’s and his gang. He is counted among the most influential figures in hip-hop history, but his first acting role—as Doughboy in John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood—is nearly as influential.
Ice Cube followed it up with roles in the Friday series (1995, 2000, 2002), the Barbershop series (2002, 2004, 2016), 21 Jump Street (2012), and 22 Jump Street (2014).
Sure, Justin Timberlake began his career on the star-generating children’s television series The Mickey Mouse Club—alongside Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Timberlake’s future ’NSync bandmate JC Chasez), but things didn’t really take off for him as an actor until after his boy band career began to wane.
He won two Emmys for his guest spots on Saturday Night Live and starred in films including The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits, Alpha Dog, and Inside Llewyn Davis, all while maintaining a music career that’s included five studio albums, two compilation albums, and 39 singles (including 18 as a featured artist).
Destiny’s Child was already a big deal by the time Beyoncé starred in her first major motion picture (not counting MTV’s made-for-TV Carmen: A Hip Hopera), playing a parody of a blaxploitation character in 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember. She followed that with 2003’s The Fighting Temptations and The Pink Panther in 2006 before landing one of the starring roles in the Academy Award–winning Dreamgirls from that same year.
She later starred in Cadillac Records (2008), Obsessed (2009), and will appear as the voice of Nala in the Jon Favreau reboot of The Lion King alongside Donald Glover in 2019.