Dynamic Duos: Musical Duets We Would Love To See
What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
As mentioned before, Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z will be embarking on their 16-stop “On The Run” tour this summer, bringing joy to hundreds of thousands of Bey and Jay fans. The pairing is probably the least surprising ever, but that doesn’t dampen the excitement. Joining one of the greatest R&B-pop vocalists of our generation and one of the greatest rappers to ever enter the game for this concert was a complete and utter stroke of genius — even if the ticket prices leave a lot to be desired.
Usher and Bruno Mars
With voices as smooth as silk and boyish charm for days, Usher and Bruno Mars are two of music’s sexiest and most talented male singers. Usher, the more grizzled, experienced veteran, and Mars, the shockingly talented newcomer, have sounds that were meant for a collaborative effort. Whether as a single, or a full-out tour, we’d do almost anything to see these two beautiful men get together.
Rihanna and Shakira
We’ve already gotten a taste of what a Rihanna and Shakira collaboration would look like in the hot and steamy “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” but can you imagine what a tour would look like? Incredible voices, paired with unimaginable stage presence and sexiness for days would put butts in the seat and keep them there. Come on, ladies, let’s give this a go.
Pharrell and John Legend
Another somewhat expected pairing, Pharrell and John Legend, with their light, unique-sounding voices would be phenomenal to join forces. Though sometimes we wonder if we really like Pharrell as a solo artist or of he should stick to being a collabo extraordinaire, we think with a healthy dose of Legend’s soulful, powerful voice, the two could really do something special on the stage.
Beyonce and Justin Timberlake
There was no doubt that we were going to throw Justin Timberlake into the dream duos fray. But perhaps his pairing with the ultra-fabulous Beyonce comes as a bit of a surprise. Both established stars. Both wildly talented. And both with a sound that is smooth, powerful and sexy, with a musical sensibility that would make any collaboration between the two brilliant.
Justin Timberlake and OneRepublic
And because one collaboration just wouldn’t be enough for JT, we would also love to see him try his hand at playing lead singer in a band. OK, sure, N*Sync sort of counts, but we’re talking about an actual band, one that plays instruments, but wouldn’t be so jarring that JT wouldn’t be a good fit. OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Timberlake’s voices would meld perfectly together and would give JT a chance to infuse some R&B-ness into the band’s solid pop-rock sound.
Miranda Lambert and Iggy Azalea
This, by leaps and bounds, is one of the oddest pairings that we’re featuring on our dream duos list. But please, hear us out. Country music and hip-hop have had somewhat successful unions in the past, so there is precedent. But those collabos have seemed to be largely between male stars. So why not give the ladies a go? Take edgy country star Miranda Lambert and combine her with talented star on the rise Iggy Azalea, and we think you’d definitely have something special.
Alicia Keys and Sam Smith
If you don’t know Sam Smith well yet, might we suggest you start getting acquainted with him. The English blue-eyed soul singer has a voice that would make even the coldest heart melt and could be an excellent compliment to the beautiful and talented Alicia Keys. Even if it’s just a one-song sort of deal, we think that union could be one for the musical history books.
Usher and Anika Noni Rose
The classic duets sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell are one of the most magical projects in music history. The charisma the two had and the incredible way their voices fused together in such a sweet, soulful way was legendary. While nothing could fully match hits like “You’re All I Need to Get By” or “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” we think Usher and Rose are about as close to a modern-day Marvin and Tammi as you can get and we would love to see what they could come up with.
Pink and Aloe Blacc
With her raspy vocals and his pointed lyrics and interesting sound, Pink and Aloe Blacc seem like a really intriguing musical pair. While we could see their vibe being very chill on a collaborative project, we think anything they produce would teeter into some awesome pop, rock, neo-soul territory that we would really, really, really dig.
Trey Songz and Tyrese
Talk about a power duo. These two once shared the stage during an O’Jays tribute on the 2009 BET Awards and it gave us a glimpse of something truly magical. While Tyrese hasn’t been holding it down on the music front in a minute, his talent is undeniable. And paired with the sex on a stick that is Trey Songz (a gorgeous man with a voice to match), that duo would have brought ladies far and wide to their knees.
Boyz II Men and TLC
The ultimate 90s throwback! How completely, tremendously amazing would it be if Boyz II Men and TLC joined forces for a tour? While the line-ups would be slightly different, there is no doubt that their classic tunes would get people fired up.
Janet Jackson and Monica
Another random pairing, but Janet Jackson and Monica could bring some 90s-era awesomeness to the stage if the two were willing to join forces. With Jackson’s airy sound and Monica’s down-in-the-soul vocals, who wouldn’t want to see what these two had in store.
Outkast and Eminem
Reunited and it feels so good! Outkast reaffirmed their reunion at this year’s Coachella and will take the stage again in New York at the Governor’s Ball. But can you just imagine if Andre 3000 and Big Boi joined forces with the always talented, if not under-the-radar Eminem? Their vibes might be different (Outkast a little more light-hearted, Em a little more on the serious tip), but we think partnering up with one another could give each side something really valuable. If not, we’ll still settle just for seeing Big Boi and Dre together.