Pop stars are shit because they don't play instruments EXCEPTIONS

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#1

Let’s talk about pop stars who actually do play instruments in live/studio settings, despite not being known for it.

The voice is still an instrument = 0 pts
Obv Prince = 0pts

I remember on an older series of X Factor (2012 was the only one I watched, so must be that?) Katy Perry debuted The One Who Got Away on an acoustic guitar. I was in tears by the end - the single version isn’t as good.

See also, Justin Timberlake at the piano for 'Til The End of Time.

Who else?


#2

the voice is still an instrument


#3

The peppermint apes


#4

Ed Sheeran does clever things with loop pedals by all accounts.


#5

Eddie Vandross got the nickname ‘Luther’ from co-workers at the Indianapolis Renaissance Fair, where his facility with a range of instruments - including the sackbut, ocarina and dulcimer - coupled with good looks and monogrammed pyjamas drew the attention of visiting record company executives.


#6

~ Marilyn Monroe


#7

Ever seen Take That covering Nirvana? Breathtaking!


#8

The zenith of human accomplishment


#9

Kendrick Lamar can competently knock out a groove on the maracas


#10

Ever seen Lil Wayne bust out a guitar solo? Stupendous!


#11

Taylor Swift plays guitar but there’s relatively little guitar played on either of her 2 decent songs, so I’m not sure that really proves anything.


#12

Nick Jonas can wield a mean axe too. Proper bo!


#13

Madge is mad for the auld six string twanger! She should be Satriani by now

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#14

I remember the staff at Blueprint in Manchester telling me about when Justin Timberlake had been in to their studio. Apparently he had a few free days after playing the MEN so he’d booked some time to record a new tune for Duran Duran. I’m guessing it was just for a demo but the staff told me he played every instrument and did most of the engineering himself too, worked 12-15 hours a day, and his only request was some ketchup to go with his fried chicken. Left them all a massive tip as well. Seems like a good egg.


#15

Love that man even more now.


#16

Then again, that whole man of the woods thing


#17

Well, yeah…


#18

I might be imagining this but sure I saw Eminem playing a piano once


#19

Nah it’s true
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#20

Cheeky girls