Musicians have the ability to bring joy to their fans in a number of ways — they release music that has the capability to touch lives, put on powerful performances, and sometimes they can spread happiness in the most incredible fashion: by assisting with marriage proposals.
For some fans, having their favorite pop star or group help organize the start of the rest of their lives, they couldn’t imagine more of a fairy tale come true. Though it may be a rare occurrence, some of the biggest hitmakers have helped couples get down on one knee, so Billboard pulled together some of the best proposals made possible by music’s biggest stars.
On Tuesday, Kelly Clarkson invited mega-fan Alex Malerba backstage after a show for a meet-and-greet and was in on his plan to propose to his soon-to-be husband Justin Blake. After posing for a picture with the singer, Malerba got down on one knee and brought Blake to tears. Clarkson was thrilled to be involved, hugging the couple afterward, saying, “I’m like a part of it!”
Celebrity florist Jeff Leatham planned one of the most extravagant proposals to Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes in March by lining a beach with flowers, candles, fireworks — and a video message from pop idol Cher, of course. To top off the engagement, Leatham enlisted help from Cher, who reassured the couple that “I got you, babe,” and told them that they knew what they had to do.
Though Beyoncé knows how to throw a massive concert, Queen Bey has no problem taking a break mid-set to help one of her backup dancers, Ashley Everett, get engaged. On the St. Louis tour stop of the Formation World Tour back in September, Everett’s boyfriend John Silver was brought onstage and proclaimed his love for the dancer in front of tens of thousands of people before getting down on one knee as Bey stood back. “Crazy in Love,” right?
:: still on a high from last night! so happy for my family @1j.silver + @ashleycmeverett ! love yall! wow! —- | @beyonce we love & thank you for allowing this moment to happen, without a 2nd thought! talk about PERFECT!! U smashed it John!!! ———— #Mr&MrsSilver #HappilyEngaged #Beyonce #AshleyEverett #JohnSilver #FormationWorldTour #StLouis [ @chrisgranted x @doramelissa x @toddtourso x @maddsoul x #WeDidIt lol ]
Brad Paisley is known to be a romantic with his many country love songs, so when he learned that fan Jason Smith had tried to get his attention at his 2016 Phoenix concert in order to propose to his girlfriend Courtney Larger and failed to because of high security, Paisley wanted to make it right. After seeing Smith’s tweets to him, Paisley personally reached out to him and invited him to his Nevada show, where he was able to invite the couple onstage and see the proposal through.
When Leap Day rolls around every four years on Feb. 29, it’s a tradition based in Irish folklore for women to propose to men on the day. Because Adele kicked off her 2016 tour with a stop in Belfast, Ireland, on the rare February date, she helped a fan make a Leap Day proposal mid-concert. Though the woman, Hayley, had originally discussed marriage with her boyfriend, Neil, Adele helped guarantee a “yes” out of him by getting the crowd to cheer, “Come on, Neil!”
With its bombastic beats and electrified sounds, few genres encapsulate the feeling of love in the same way that dance music does. In December 2015 at a Fiji music festival, one couple was lucky enough to have Skrillex, one of the biggest names in dance, assist with their proposal. A man named Malcolm climbed onstage during Skrillex’s set and proclaimed his love for his then-girlfriend, who said yes, overwhelmed with emotion, and the two were sent off into their future together. “This is a special moment, we’re going to do a double crowd surf when this shit drops,” Skrillex said afterward.
Ed Sheeran’s song “All of the Stars” is one of the singer’s most romantic ballads, with lyrics like “Both of our hearts believe/ All of these stars will guide us home,” clearly making it the perfect song to play during a proposal. At Sheeran’s 2015 tour stop in Austin, Texas, one man proposed to his soon-to-be fiancée while the song was performed, gaining notice from the “Shape of You” singer and prompting him to invite them onstage.
proposal tonight in austin, i might’ve welled up, but don’t say anything – https://t.co/3fGty49rNX
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) May 7, 2015
In October 2014, One Direction fan Bradley Chisenhall was determined to get the guys of 1D’s help in his engagement to his girlfriend. He had it all planned out — he tweeted them, made a hashtag #1DProposal, and with a little help from Harry Styles, Chisenhall made it happen mid-One Direction concert. After noticing the trending topic, Styles helped organize the proposal and couldn’t have been more thrilled for the couple when “she said yes!”
Indie rockers Arcade Fire inspire a lot of feeling with their music, and love happened to be what one fan was feeling during the band’s July 2014 tour stop in Mountain View, California. During the song “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels),” a fan in the front row asked his girlfriend to marry him, and the act didn’t go unnoticed by the band, as frontman Win Butler handed him the mic so he could announce his love for the band and his future wife.