20 Favorite Musicians Who Successfully Transitioned into Acting

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Whenever a celebrity wants to transition into music or acting, we never give them the benefit of the doubt. “Oh, they just got the part because they're famous” is how we usually scoff at these choices. Sure, not every celebrity can be a double or triple threat. Maybe it wasn't the best idea for Robert Downey Jr. to release an album or for Jessica Simpson to help carry a film. It's easy to point fingers and say “I told you so” when actor and musicians fail at crossing over to the other side, but we rarely praise those who have success.

Over the years, there have been plenty of great acting performances by celebrities who started out in the music industry. Many of these celebrities have been not only nominated for major acting awards, but have won them. Some have been so successful that it's easy to forget about their music career altogether. Here are some of our favorites.