21 Singers You Probably Forgot Won Oscars

From Lady Gaga to Cher, these musicians had the honor of receiving the biggest award in Hollywood.

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Lady Gaga (2019)

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Lady Gaga may not have won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in A Star Is Born, but she did walk away with the prize for Best Original Song for the film's big number, "Shallow."

Fun fact: Barbra Streisand won for Best Original Song when she played the female lead and wrote the love theme "Evergreen," for the 1976 version of A Star Is Born.

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Adele (2012)

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Adele scooped up her first Academy Award for "Skyfall," the song from the James Bond movie of the same name.

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Barbra Streisand (1976)

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Barbra Streisand won her second Oscar for "Evergreen," the love theme from A Star Is Born. In 1969, she tied with Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress.

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Bob Dylan (2000)


Dylan won Best Original Song for "Things Have Changed" from Wonder Boys. The singer, who was in Australia during the broadcast, performed the song (and later accepted the award) via satellite.

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Cher (1987)

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Cher won a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck. She was previously nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Silkwood.

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Common & John Legend (2014)

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Common and Legend's powerful "Glory" from Selma earned them a statuette.

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Elton John (1994)

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The singer won a Best Original Song Oscar for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King. (His chances of winning were pretty high, considering he had three of the five nominations in the category.)

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Eminem (2002)

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The rapper earned his first Oscar nomination - and win! - for "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile. Em didn't attend the ceremony, so the song's co-writer Luis Resto accepted the honor solo.

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Frayser Boy, Juicy J & DJ Paul (2005)

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The guys of Three 6 Mafia received Best Original Song Oscars for Hustle & Flow's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp."

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Jared Leto (2013)

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Leto's portrayal of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club landed him his first Oscar.

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Jennifer Hudson (2007)

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The American Idol castoff won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls.

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Lionel Richie (1985)

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Richie's "Say You, Say Me" from White Nights earned him a Best Original Song Oscar.

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Melissa Etheridge (2006)

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Etheridge won a Best Original Song Oscar for "I Need to Wake Up," from An Inconvenient Truth.

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Phil Collins (1999)

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For Collins, the third time was the charm: The musician, who has two previous nominations, won Best Original Song for Tarzan's "You'll Be in My Heart."

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Sam Smith (2016)

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Brit Smith collected a Best Original Song trophy for "Writing's on the Wall," a song he co-wrote for the James Bond film Spectre.

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Stevie Wonder (1984)

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Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red scored the Best Original Song award.

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Carly Simon (1988)

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Simon's Working Girl track, "Let the River Run," earned her a Best Original Song Oscar.

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Bruce Springsteen (1993)

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Springsteeen won the Best Original Song Oscar for "Streets of Philadelphia," from Philadelphia.

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