12 Unforgettable Duets From Gay Icons


Last night, Madonna was supported by Taylor Swift for a rendition of her song ‘Ghosttown’. So we thought it was high time to celebrate some of the best and the worst duets from gay icons.


The best…


1. John Grant, Sinead O’Connor & Conor O’Brien – Glacier

Out and proud gay man – and GCN interviewee – John Grant was joined onstage in Dublin by the unflappable Sinead O’Connor and Villagers frontman Conor O’Brien for one of the most beautiful versions of Grant’s song Glacier.


2. Beyonce & Tina Turner – Proud Mary

Two female powerhouses of soul joined for a duet of Turner’s (perhaps) biggest song – certainly the most uplifting – at the Grammys in 2008. And it was glorious.


3. Melissa Ethridge & KD Lang – Sleep While I Drive

Two ladies who came out in the music scene before it was cool or trendy to admit your interest in other ladies – Ethridge and Lang made it okay (and sound amazing) to be a lesbian in the music industry. This is made even clearer by this beautiful duet.


4. Judy Garland & Barbra Streisand – Happy Days Are Here Again

One was an old pro, the other an upcoming starlet – both have become two of the biggest gay icons in all of history. Just as Garland’s light began to fade, Streisand was there to let us know that everything would be okay.


5. Lady Gaga & Elton John – Poker Face, Speechless & Your Song

In one of the gayest things to happen in years, Lady Gaga was joined onstage by piano maestro – and D&G boycotter – Elton John for a duet of some of their biggest songs.


6. Hozier & Annie Lennox – Take Me To Church/I Put A Spell On You

At the Grammys this year, it was Hozier’s turn to grab the spotlight with his anti-homophobic anthem Take Me To Church before it melded into Annie Lennox’s I Put A Spell On You.

7. David Bowie & Cher – Young Americans & Others

Music trailblazer Bowie appeared on The Cher Show in 1975 – an astounding 40 years ago – to sing his hit Young Americans with Cher. It was magical.

The worst…


8. Ricky Martin & Christina Aquilera – Nobody Wants To Be Lonely

Ricky Martin and Christina Aquilera – for some reason – decided it would be a great idea to duet on a song that couldn’t be more saccharine if it tried. It may have been popular in the early 00s, but it certainly hasn’t aged well.


9. Madonna & Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes

For two such popular artists, this song is just disappointing. It sounds like incessant coffee tremors set to music, with both trying exceedingly hard to be cool and edgy. The outcome wasn’t worth it.


10. Queen & 5ive – We Will Rock You

Possibly the worst idea Queen (minus Freddie) has managed to make – and that includes Ben Elton writing their musical – attempting to stay relevant in the most irrelevant way. By teaming up with doomed boyband 5ive.


11. David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street

Though many love this song, we all have to admit that it’s one of the most 80s things to ever happen. This duet was a statement made to all of the other Band Aid artists – Bowie and Jagger believed that they were bigger than everyone else involved and decided to do a song all of their own.


And Most Wtf…

12. Elton John & Eminem – Stan

In an attempt to show just how not-homophobic he is, Eminem’s people decided it would benefit the up-and-coming rapper to perform a duet of his big hit Stan with gay icon Elton John.

Remember when the Grammys managed to make things like that happen? Glorious.

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