Celebrity Wedding Singers

Rush Limbaugh paid Elton John $1 million to perform at his ceremony. From Andrea Bocelli’s serenade of Tom and Katie to Melissa Etheridge blessing the union of Brad & Jen, VIEW OUR GALLERY.

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Elton John at Rush Limbaugh and Kate Rogers' Wedding

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, 59, and Kathryn Rogers, 33, celebrated their marriage to the tune of $1 million—literally—at the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, in June 2010. Who performed the pricey gig? Elton John. Among the attendees at Limbaugh's fourth wedding were former Bush adviser Karl Rove, Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and former Clinton adviser James Carville. According to The Palm Beach Post, the couple met at a charity golf tournament Rogers was running. The irony of Elton John's performance: Limbaugh's an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. After the weekend ceremony, The Advocate, Out Magazine, and other gay-rights publications and activists were openly displeased. "I'm flabbergasted," Aaron Hicklin, Editor-in-Chief of Out, told People magazine. "It betrays either ignorance or self-interest or both, and jeopardizes [Elton John's] admirable record on gay rights."

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Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett at Liza Minnelli & David Gest’s wedding

Singer and actress Liza Minnelli undoubtedly has a Rolodex stacked with entertainment-industry friends and colleagues and she called upon quite a few of them to perform at her March 2002 wedding to producer David Gest. Alongside a 60-piece orchestra, entertainers included Paula Abdul, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack, Gloria Gaynor, the Pointer Sisters, Shaggy, and Dionne Warwick. The guest list—Michael Jackson, Gloria Gaynor, many more—was equally star-studded. English actress Sally Kirkland described the event to the BBC as "brilliant, joyous, delightful" and "romantic as hell." The marriage, unfortunately, wasn't as lovely as the nuptials—the couple divorced after 16 months amid allegations of abuse.

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Andrea Bocelli at Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes' Wedding

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes exchanged vows before a Scientology minister at the Odescalchi Castle in Lake Bracciano, Italy, in November 2006. "The wedding was absolutely beautiful," a guest told People magazine. Among the 150 attendees were Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Brooke Shields, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jim Carrey. Appropriately for the location, Italian singer Andrea Bocelli provided the entertainment, serenading the couple with the love songs "Occhi di fata" ("Fairy Eyes") and "La Serenata" ("The Serenade").

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Mick Hucknall and Bonnie Tyler at Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones' Wedding

As if the 40-member Welsh choir belting it out during Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones' wedding ceremony wasn't enough, later the May-December couple brought together Art Garfunkel, Jimmy Buffett, and Bonnie Tyler to perform for 350 guests at their $1.5 million celebration in December 2000. "We danced the whole night," Martha Stewart told People magazine. But the music didn't stop there: Mick Hucknall, Henry Hey, and guests engaged in a post-reception sing-along that lasted until 5 a.m.

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Christina Aguilera at Andrey Melnichenko & Aleksandra Koktovic's Wedding

Who didn't perform at the 2005 Côte d'Azur wedding of billionaire Andrei Melnichenko and former Miss Yugoslavia Aleksandra Kokotovic? Melnichenko shelled out a reported $3.6 million to book Christina Aguilera to sing just two songs. The platinum powerhouse was flanked onstage by Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias, and his son Enrique. According to one wedding guest, "Christina did a brilliant job…There wasn't a dry eye in the house when she sang ‘Beautiful.'" Aguilera certainly got paid for a job well done: she and her fiancé Jordan Bratman were flown to Cannes and put up in a swanky multi-thousand-dollar-a-night hotel suite.

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Hugh Jackman at Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban's Wedding

Aussies know how to stick together: In 2006, Nicole Kidman and fellow Aussie country singer Keith Urban said, "I do" at a chapel just outside Sydney. In attendance were fellow Australians Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, who performed at the ‘passion'-themed reception. Kidman requested that Jackman sing one of Urban's favorite tunes, "Tenterfield Saddler," by Peter Allen. Jackman, who played Peter Allen on Broadway in The Boy from Oz, said the tune was "probably one of my favorite songs, as well." Jackman was moved by the wedding, saying, ""They really seem like a fantastic couple. Next to my own, of course, probably the most romantic and beautiful wedding I've been to."

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Willie Nelson at Bill & Melinda Gates' Wedding

Best gift ever: Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates surprised his fiancée Melinda French by hiring one of her favorite singers, hirsute folk crooner Willie Nelson, to perform at a pre-wedding bash before their '94 New Year's Day nuptials. Guests rocked on the Hawaiian island of Lanai to some Nelson favorites, including "Mommas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys." Nearly 130 guests were in attendance to watch the pair get hitched, including fellow rich man Warren Buffett.

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Hootie & the Blowfish at Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren's Wedding

If only Elin knew what was coming: In 2004, golfing lothario Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren tied the knot at a star-studded $1.5 million wedding in Barbados. Top 40 favorites Hootie and the Blowfish performed under a tent on the resort's golf course (this was in the 90s, after all), entertaining Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, and Oprah. Hootie, a.k.a. Darius Rucker, has been a longtime friend of Woods and is also an avid golfer. When the news of Woods' many affairs ricocheted across national news pages and the blogosphere, Rucker came out in support of his pal: "I feel for everybody involved," he said, "I know how much he really does love his family, and I just feel for everybody." That's not bad Hootie, it could be the title of your next hit.

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Billy Joel, Paul Anka, and Tony Bennett at Melania Knauss & Donald Trump's Wedding

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump married his model girlfriend Melania Knauss in a Palm Beach, Florida on January 22, 2005. Following the traditional Episcopal ceremony, the couple proceeded to a reception held at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, where 450 guests were regaled with a dinner spread of caviar, beef tenderloin, lobster rolls, chocolate truffle cake, and Cristal. After the meal, the newlyweds took to the dance floor as celebrity guest Billy Joel sang "Just the Way You Are," and substituted some humorous lyrics about Trump to the tune of "The Lady is a Tramp." After Joel's number, Paul Anka belted out "My Way," and Tony Bennett charmed the couple with "Always." Asked his thoughts on the extravagant wedding, American Idol judge Simon Cowell said: "I give it a nine."

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Alanis Morissette at Woody Harrelson & Laura Louie's Wedding

Woody Harrelson tied the knot with his girlfriend Laura Louie in Maui on December 28, 2008. The couple met in 1987 on the set of Cheers, and dated for nearly 20 years before they finally said "I do." The ceremony took place at the couple's home in Kipahulu and was attended by family and friends including Owen Wilson, Willie Nelson, and Sean Penn. During the reception, the couple took part in a blessing by a Hawaiian minister, and afterwards, seven-time Grammy Award-winner Alanis Morissette provided the tunes. A surprising choice, given that she's most well-known for "Jagged Little Pill." Not exactly matrimonial material.

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Steven Tyler at Liv Tyler & Royston Langdon's Wedding

Royston Langdon and Liv Tyler recited their vows twice, in two ceremonies. The first was an intimate reception without guests that took place on March 25, 2003 at a private villa in Barbados. A month later, the two affirmed their vows again in front of 100 guests at the New York eatery Pastis. At the end of the celebration, Liv's father, Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, serenaded the two with a toast to their lasting union and an emotional song. Let me guess…"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"?

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Kid Rock at Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s wedding

Fergie and Josh Duhamel tied the knot at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu in January 5, 2009. The "enchanted forest" themed ceremony was followed by a star-studded concert at their Champagne reception. "Kid Rock was there with will.i.am rapping," Fergie's mother, Terri Jackson, told Ryan Seacrest. "It was an amazing show. It would cost you a fortune—and I'm sure it did—to see this show." On the eve of their first wedding anniversary, Duhamel and Fergie renewed their vows in Santa Barbara, and Josh has been dogged with rumors of an affair, but their marriage, for now, is still going strong.

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Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes at Debra Messing & Daniel Zelman's Wedding

Although they weren't paid to perform at their Will & Grace co-star's wedding, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes surprised guests at Debra Messing and new husband Daniel Zelman's reception in September 2000. The two—better known as Karen Walker and Jack McFarland on the popular sitcom—reportedly broke into an impromptu version of Britney Spears' " Oops! I Did It Again" in front of the couples' 150 guests. Messing and Hayes famously performed a choreographed snippet of the pop track in an October 2000 episode of Will & Grace, after which Hayes' character says, "I actually feel the spirit of Britney in the room."

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Melissa Etheridge at Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt's Wedding

At their top-secret Malibu wedding on July 29, 2000, Hollywood's former golden couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were surrounded by bottles of Dom Perignon, 50,000 flowers, and 200 guests, one of whom serenaded the couple. Melissa Etheridge was among the famous attendees—which also included Courteney Cox-Arquette, Cameron Diaz, and Edward Norton—and sang an acoustic version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" for Pitt and Aniston, while actor Dermot Mulroney accompanied her on the mandolin. "Everybody danced with everybody," one guest said. "The feeling in there was of love and commitment.". That is, of course, until Mr. and Mrs. Pitt were famously thwarted by Mr. and Mrs. Smith.