20 Surprising Cameos from Musicians in Movies

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Madonna; Keith Richards

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

Alanis Morissette in "Dogma," 1999

Bruce Springsteen in "High Fidelity," 2000

Alice Cooper in "Wayne’s World," 1992

Billy Idol in "The Wedding Singer," 1998

Fergie in "Poseidon," 2006

Kanye West in "The Love Guru," 2008

Tom Petty in "The Postman," 1997

Tom Waits in "Domino," 2005

Madonna in "Vision Quest," 1985