This week, Billboard is celebrating the music of 20 years ago with a week of content about the most interesting artists, albums, songs and stories from 1998. Here, we revisit music's biggest couples of 1998, including the unlikely pairing of a goth rocker and a teen-queen actress.
Gavin Rossdale & Gwen Stefani
These two beautiful rock stars had the perfect musical meet-cute: Their bands went on tour together. No Doubt and Bush were both on the bill (along with Goo Goo Dolls) back in 1995-'96 when Rossdale pursued the punk princess. They were the ultimate power couple of rock radio -- here at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in 1998 -- before getting married in 2002, having three kids together (Kingston, Zuma and Apollo) and eventually divorcing in 2015.
Carson Daly & Jennifer Love Hewitt
It was a relationship born on TRL, with the year's hottest host linking up with the year's hottest TV and movie star. Things got so serious between the pair -- seen here at the 1998 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards -- that Daly even had J-Love's name tattooed on his leg. And then this is how it all ended: "I woke up to Howard Stern telling me my relationship was over," Daly recalled to People magazine in 2000 (ouch). "Then I heard the presenter on E! News say, 'Just off The Associated Press: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Carson Daly have officially broken up.”
Jennifer Lopez & Ojani Noa
Their marriage (Lopez's first of three) lasted less than a year, ending in January 1998 -- the same month they were photographed together at the 55th annual Golden Globes, where J.Lo was nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy for her breakthrough role in Selena. Though they've been divorced for 20 years now, they have been embroiled in multiple lawsuits: one regarding a tell-all book Noa planned to write, and one involving a sex tape he threatened to release.
Brandy & Usher
Life imitates art. In this 1998 photo from Moesha, Brandy's title character cuddles with Usher's Jeremy -- and in real life, they had their very own "courting session," as Usher put it in a 2004 Ask Men interview. In fact, in that same interview, he was asked whether Brandy and Monica's 1998 smash hit song "The Boy Is Mine" was about him, since he had a history with both ladies. "Earlier in my career, when I first started, I did have somewhat of a relationship with both of them. They never fought each other. We were friends... It was never anything more than innocent child love. We were teenagers."
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
The country couple's love story was already in full swing at a reception before the 33rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in April 1998: They were married two years prior and Hill was pregnant with their second daughter, Maggie Elizabeth, who was born in August of that year. They are also one of only two couples still together in this gallery. The other one is...
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
This pair remains a Hollywood power couple today. Back then, when they were attending the now-defunct (and very 1998) Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, they were pregnant with their son Jaden -- currently a celebrity in his own right -- who was born in July of that year.
Ananda Lewis & Maxwell
The then-MTV VJ was linked with plenty of her male friends over the years (including Shaquille O'Neal, Lenny Kravitz, Q-Tip and even Prince), and Maxwell was no exception. She was said to be "consorting" with the soul singer, according to The New York Times -- as they were at the VH1 Fashion Awards in October 1998 -- but she remained coy in that Times interview: "A woman still can't be seen in the company of a male friend without them making it be about somebody trying to bed somebody."
Marilyn Manson & Rose McGowan
There was no more notorious couple from this era than Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan -- and there was no more notorious visual representation of the pair than this photo from the 1998 MTV VMAs. People originally questioned what McGowan, the sweet-faced breakout star of 1996's Scream, saw in the out-there goth rocker, but her appearance in this barely there dress made them seem a more perfect fit than first appeared. The couple stayed together until 2001, but McGowan wrote in her book that came out earlier this year that she "couldn’t do the lifestyle anymore. I was too tired.”
Paul Thomas Anderson & Fiona Apple
On their own, Anderson and Apple's artistic résumés are impressive. Together, they're untouchable. They met in early 1998, after her 1996 breakthrough album Tidal and his 1997 breakthrough film Boogie Nights; here, they're seen at the 1998 Academy Awards, where Anderson was nominated for his Boogie Nights screenplay. They clearly lifted each other to new heights over the course of the relationship: As a very thorough 2012 Grantland article on the couple points out, they closed out the millennium by releasing the most ambitious projects of their careers -- When the Pawn... for her and Magnolia for him -- within a month of one another.
Dweezil Zappa & Lisa Loeb
The "Stay" songstress met Frank Zappa's son in 1998 -- seen here at the X Files film premiere -- and they were together through 2004. Over the course of their relationship, Zappa toured with Loeb's band, the pair wrote and performed music together, and they even co-hosted the cooking show Dweezil & Lisa for the Food Network.
Andrew Keegan & LeAnn Rimes
When the country prodigy met the then-Party of Five star, she was 15 and he was 19. They were together when Rimes and her dad filed dueling lawsuits against each other over her earnings, and her dad, Wilbur, even cited Keegan in his suit, claiming the actor was also trying to get his hands on Rimes' money. Rimes and Keegan -- walking the red carpet here at the 33rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards -- eventually split a couple of years later, with the singer marrying her first husband, Dean Sheremet, not long after at age 19.
Marcus Schenkenberg & Mariah Carey
Mariah has always loved arm candy, and there's no better accessory than male model Marcus Schenkenberg. The pair -- seen leaving Diddy's birthday party in November 1998 -- dated five short months, starting in August '98 and ending in December of that year. It looks like Schenkenberg looks back on the relationship fondly: Just last year, he shared a "Flashback Wednesday" picture on Instagram of the duo leaving that same party.