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10 Best Queer Duets

10 Best Queer Duets


We don't always make music together, but when we do it's beautiful.

There's something wonderful about duets, and it's even more wonderful when queer men and women join forces to create beautiful music together. Let's take a look at pop music's most memorable LGBT pairings.

1. John Grant and Alison Goldfrapp, "Some Velvet Morning"

American singer-songwriter Grant and British musician Goldfrapp are joined by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on this resplendent cover of the 1960s classic originally performed by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra.

2. Boy George and Antony Hegarty, "You Are My Sister"

Pop star and drag icon Boy George and transgender singer-songwriter Hegarty are pals in real life. This live performance shows they need to duet more often.

3. Michael Stipe and Kate Pierson, "Shiny Happy People"

The R.E.M. front man and the B-52s diva had a ball on this 1991 hit.

4. Michael Stipe and the Indigo Girls, "Kid Fears"

Stipe joined the ladies on this cut, taken from their landmark, self-titled 1989 album.

5. Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, "What Have I Done To Deserve This"

This 1987 dance club smash revived the career of Springfield, a closeted British icon of the 1960s.

6. Elton John and Lady Gaga, "Benny and the Jets"

It's not the only duet these piano-pounding pop stars have performed together, but this one finds them reinterpreting John's 1974 hit and then smoothly transitioning into Gaga's "Artpop."

7. Mika and Beth Ditto, "Standing in the Way of Control"

British pop star Mika makes his admiration for American singer Ditto well known. While performing a medley of his hits at the 2008 Brit Awards, Mika welcomed Ditto to the stage to perform this rollicking dance single by her band Gossip. Fast-forward to the 2:09 mark.

8. Marc Almond and Beth Ditto, "When the Comet Comes"

The former Soft Cell singer is another Ditto fan. The duo sound surprisingly wonderful together on this track from his 2015 album, The Velvet Trail.

9. Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera, "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely"

The two LGBT Latin singers blended their voices beautifully on Martin's 2001 single.

10. David Bowie and Gail Ann Dorsey, "Under Pressure"

On tour, Bowie's longtime bassist Dorsey had the daunting task of handling the vocal parts the late Freddie Mercury originally sang on this classic pop duet. Oh, and she also had to play the iconic bass parts at the same time! Happily, Dorsey always knocked it out of the park.

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