20 Surprising Cameos from Musicians in Movies

Madonna; Keith Richards

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This Sunday (March 2), several elite musicians like Pharrell Williams and Bono will end their competition for Best Original Song at the Oscars. And while a few multi-talents like 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto—nominated this year for Best Supporting Actor because of his role in "Dallas Buyers Club”—get to fully jump into Hollywood as a full-fledged actor and score big, many more dabble. 

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Dib-dabs may not get you shiny awards, but they are good for a quick bit in a flick. Enter the cameo. It's how folks like Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Madonna have slid into more movies than fans may recall. Below, check out 20 cameo and non-lead performances by those musicians and more.

Michael Jackson in "Men in Black II," 2002

David Bowie in "Zoolander," 2001

Snoop Dogg in "Half Baked," 1998

Andre 3000 in "Semi Pro," 2008

Marilyn Manson in "Party Monster," 2003

Keith Richards in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," 2007

Gwen Stefani in "Aviator," 2004

Blink 182 in "American Pie," 1999

Huey Lewis in "Back to the Future," 1985

Pearl Jam in "Singles," 1992