Taylor Swift brought out Fetty Wap this weekend in a totally unexpected move. Come down memory lane with us as we revisit some iconic onstage collabs.
TAYLOR SWIFT AND FETTY WAP
Taylor’s 1989 Seattle tour extended the huge buzz that already is Trap Queen. With a long list of special guests it came by no surprise that Taylor brought Fetty Wap out on stage to bring us one of the most unexpected collabs yet. The lyric “Everybody hating, we just call them fans though” became extremely applicable on Saturday night when Taylor strutted the musical catwalk alongside the lyrical prophet, with many now speaking out against the performance as cultural appropriation. But there’s no denying that a lot of people loved it and will continue to love it for quite a while.
DIZZEE RASCAL AND FLORENCH WELCH
“You Got The Dirtee Love”, the live duet by Dizzee Rascal and Florence Welch performed at the 2010 Brit Awards, is the unforgettable onstage collab that sent iTunes sales rocketing through the roof. “You Got the Love” met “Dirtee Cash” and climbed the UK Singles Chart up to number two. The Brit winners definitely won more than a Brit award that night.
KANYE AND … WELL EVERYONE
Easy to label as legendary and just genius, Kanye West’s 2015 Brit Awards performance of “All Day” really does bring something special to Wonderland’s collab grime platter. It’s easier to list who wasn’t present than who was. Novelist, Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Skepta, together with many others, helped Kanye make this performance super lit. Flamethrowers were the dramatic prop on the pitch black stage and the energy was like no other. Futuristic tones and amazing visuals this can be listened to #ALLDAY.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JANET JACKSON
Super Bowl’s Super Oops. Coined as the best Super Bowl half-time show ever, the Justin and Janet wardrobe malfunction caused so much controversy that court charges and multiple fines turned the eccentric performance into national discontent. Accidental or very on purpose, JT sure did have “her naked by the end of this song”.
BRITNEY SPEARS, MADONNA AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA
We all remember the 2003 MTV Music Video Awards where Britney, Madonna and Christina performed “Hollywood” whilst exchanging caresses and kisses on stage. The steamy collab placed the divas in a new raunchy light. No longer the teenage heartthrobs it was their time to show the world what they could do. It seems that we are always attracted to those outrageous performances then.
DAFT PUNK, STEVIE WONDER, PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND NILE ROGERS
Pharrell Williams performed “Get Lucky” for the first time live at the 56th Grammy Awards with legends Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rogers. Bringing people to their feet this collab seemed grand not only in lyrical greatness but also talent grandness. It is very hard to find so many brilliant and well-known people on stage working together to give the performance of a lifetime. Even Pharrell seemed over the moon.
BRUNO MARS, STIGGY, RIHANNA AND ZIGGY MARLEY
Rewind back one year and Bruno, Rihanna, Stiggy and Ziggy hit the 55th Grammy Awards with the ultimate power team collab. Influenced by Bob Marley the stars performed his classic piece “Could You Be Loved”. Undoubtedly a highlight of the night and our 7 Wonders, this supremely harmonised tribute did an honourable job on the night.