From Lady Gaga to Beyoncé: 12 Singers Who Played Singers Onscreen

Lady Gaga made her leading lady debut alongside director and costar Bradley Cooper (who stunned the musical superstar as well as audiences with his singing voice, too) in his 2018 remake of the iconic Hollywood classic A Star Is Born. The movie gives Gaga’s unmistakeable pipes plenty of time to shine as her character’s star is on the rise, and the soundtrack is addictive.

Before Gaga, there was Babs. Streisand reprised the lead role in the third installment of the Hollywood classic back in 1976, with the movie focusing on her rise to fame amidst the ups and downs of her relationship with the man (Kris Kristofferson) who helped to get her there.

Crossroads gave us the adolescent anthem “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman,” and for that we will always be grateful. It also made us want to bury a time capsule, reconnect with our childhood friends and recklessly set off on a roadtrip — where we’d blast Britney the whole time, obviously. 

The pop icon graced the silver screen to play Donna’s (Meryl Streep) songstress mother — despite a mere three-year age gap between them. Naturally, she blew the entire cast away, and none of them have been able to stop raving about her performance. 

Regular girl by day, everyone’s favorite tween pop star by night. The beloved Disney TV series Hannah Montana had everyone wondering who their best friends really were, and made for the perfect girls’ night out when it finally hit theaters. 

Deena Jones’ (Beyoncé) rise to the top as she lead and eventually broke away from her popular 1960s girl group The Dreams to pursue her solo career recalls Bey’s own path from Destiny’s Child to superstardom. 

Fresh off American Idol, Hudson joined Beyoncé and floored audiences with her performance in Dreamgirls as the jilted Effie, whose soulful rendition of “And I Am Telling You” is still jaw-dropping. 

Burlesque revealed a whole new “Dirrty” side of the pop star, whose character Ali left behind her small town in hopes of making it big as a singer in Los Angeles — and ended up performing at the Burlesque Lounge, run by Cher (who stunned in a few musical scenes of her own). 

The Coen brothers’ film centered on the trials of the titular folk musician as he tried to make it in 1960s New York — helped along at times by a cashmere-clad Timberlake (playing Davis’ overindulgent pal, Jim Berkey). “It will always be a milestone for me to get to write, sing, act and bring it all together,” Timberlake told Billboard of his experience helping to produce the movie’s soundtrack. 

If it weren’t for Selena, we might not have “Jenny from the Block.” Portraying Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla and her rise to fame inspired Lopez to launch her singing career.

Lohan served up iconic garage-band grunge alongside her mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) in this movie about a moody teenage character’s “Ultimate” worst nightmare: waking up to find you’ve swapped bodies with your mom. 

Moore may be delivering tear- and laugh-inducing performances on This Is Us now, but in the late ’90s and early 2000s we loved her for hits like “Candy.” And above all else, for gifting us with scheming cheerleader Lana Thomas’ bubblegum-pop-bop, “Stupid Cupid,” even if she did publicly humiliate Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway).


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