28 Musicians Who Made Iconic Guest-Star Appearances On TV Shows

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1.Kanye West played himself on Entourage.

Kanye greeting Turtle
HBO

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2.Britney Spears played Abby, the receptionist at Stella Zinman's dermatology clinic, on How I Met Your Mother.

Abby crying on the phone because a patient is being rude to her
CBS

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3.Taylor Swift played Elaine, Shivrang’s former lover, on New Girl.

Shivrang leaving Cece at the alter for Taylor Swift's character Elaine
Fox

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4.David Bowie played himself on Extras.

David Bowie writing a rude song about Ricky Gervais
BBC Two

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5.Lady Gaga played the Countess on American Horror Story: Hotel and Scáthach on American Horror Story: Roanoke.

Lady Gaga as the Countess sending a man away from a table
FX

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6.Ed Sheeran played a Lannister soldier on Game of Thrones.

Ed Sheeran singing with Lannister soldiers when Arya Stark approaches them
HBO

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7.Prince played himself on New Girl.

Jess and Nick freaking out upon meeting Prince
Fox

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8.Adele played herself on Ugly Betty.

Adele surprising Betty for her photo shoot
ABC

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9.Justin Bieber played serial bomber Jason McCann on CSI.

Justin Bieber getting shot in the chest on CSI
CBS

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10.Jon Bon Jovi played Seth, a romantic interest Carrie meets in the waiting room at her therapist's office, on Sex and the City.

Jon Bon Jovi introducing himself to Carrie Bradshaw as "Seth"
HBO

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11.Jennifer Lopez played herself on Will & Grace.

Jennifer Lopez running into Karen in a Vegas bathroom
NBCUniversal

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12.One Direction played themselves on iCarly.

One Direction seeing "What Makes You Beautiful" on "iCarly"
Nickelodeon

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13.Cyndi Lauper played Avalon Harmonia, Angela's psychic, on Bones.

Cyndi Lauper singing "At Last" at Booth and Brennan's wedding
Fox

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14.Bruno Mars played himself on Jane the Virgin.

Bruno Mars singing at Jane and Michael's wedding
The CW

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15.Carole King played Sophie Bloom, the owner of Stars Hollow's music store, Sophie's Music, on Gilmore Girls.

Carole King working as music a shop owner and accepting Kirk's résumé
The WB

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16.Nick Jonas played sociopathic hacker Ian Wright on Hawaii Five-0.

Nick Jonas being interrogated on "Hawaii Five-0"
CBS

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17.Katy Perry played Zoey's not-so-smart cousin, Honey, on How I Met Your Mother.

Honey saying she gets emails from Michelle and Barack Obama
CBS

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18.Pete Wentz played himself on One Tree Hill.

Pete saying he will miss Peyton as he departs for a tour
The CW

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19.Kelly Clarkson played Kelly, an up-and-coming weather woman from Oklahoma, on Reba.

Kelly Clarkson talking about egg salad with Reba
The CW

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20.Death Cab for Cutie played themselves on The O.C.

Summer complaining that Seth is missing his favorite band perform as Death Cab for Cutie plays a live show at the bar
Fox / HBO Max

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21.Backstreet Boys played themselves on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Backstreet Boys drinking a talent potion and bursting into song
ABC

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22.Nicole Scherzinger played Jessica Glitter, Robin's costar on the '90s Canadian kids show Space Teens, on How I Met Your Mother.

Nicole guest-starring as a cohost on a 90s TV show alongside Robin Sparkles
CBS

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23.Sigur Rós played in King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell's wedding band on Game of Thrones.

King Joffrey throwing coins at Sigur Rós, who were performing at his wedding
HBO

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24.Curt Smith played himself on Psych.

Shawn being surprised to find Curt Smith doing an acoustic performance in a man's backyard
USA

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25.Elvis Costello played Ben, a loud folk singer taking over Café Nervosa, on Frasier.

Ben enlisting Niles for help with a song he's performing at the coffee shop
NBCUniversal

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26.Usher played the magical Love Doctor on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Usher telling Sabrina to tell her problems to the Love Doctor
ABC

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27.Ray Charles played Sammy, Grandma Yetta's love interest, on The Nanny.

Ray Charles as Sammy telling Fran how much he loves her voice
CBS

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28.And finally, Donny Osmond played himself on Friends.

Donny Osmond hosting "Pyramid" and Joey passing on his turn because he doesn't know anything about the legislature
NBCUniversal

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