When two megastars come together for a duet, it doesn't always make the best song. Actor Sylvester Stallone and country music legend Dolly Parton recorded "Sweet Lovin' Friends," a duet for their 1984 comedy "Rhinestone." Not only was the film considered a flop, the track won "Worst Original Song" at the 1985 Razzie Awards.
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While several artists have performed songs on children's shows, including "The Muppet Show" and "Sesame Street," nothing seemed more strange than when Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness himself, collaborated with Miss Piggy. The two sang "Born to be Wild" together on an episode of the "The Muppet Show."
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Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's duet "Ebony and Ivory," a song about racial harmony, reached No. 1 on the music charts in 1982. However, Blender music magazine later named it the 10th worst song in history and BBC 6 Music listeners voted it the worst duet in history in 2007. Wonder and McCartney are shown here, performing together for the first time on stage in Inglewood, Calif., Nov. 29, 1989.
Another seemingly bizarre McCartney musical mash-up was when Paul collaborated with Michael Jackson on two songs, "The Girl Is Mine" and "Say, Say, Say," released in 1982 and 1983 respectively. Both songs were eventually certified platinum. McCartney and Jackson are shown here in this Dec. 19, 1983 photo.
Frank Sinatra released his "Duets" album in 1993 shortly before the end of his singing career. Ol' Blue Eyes recorded tracks with several music greats, including Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Tony Bennett, but one of the unusual collaborations was with Bono. Sinatra and the U2 frontman recorded a version of "I've Got You Under My Skin" for the album.
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Who knew movie stars could sing? Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis covered Smokey Robinson's 1979 hit song "Cruisin'" for "Duets," a 2000 film about a traveling karaoke hustler. "Duets" was a box office flop.
Nothing shocked the music world more than when Elton John collaborated with rapper Eminem, who has been known for his anti-gay lyrics in the past, on the 2000 hit song, "Stan." The Real Slim Shady and Rocket Man teamed up to perform a duet of the song at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2001.
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Musical worlds also collided when rapper Nelly got together with country music great Tim McGraw to record the track, "Over and Over." The 2004 song enjoyed global radio success and peaked in the top ten on Billboard's Hot 100. The two musicians hooked up again in 2005 to film a Budweiser commercial, shown here.
The late Amy Winehouse won a posthumous Grammy award this year for her duet with Tony Bennett on the jazz song, "Body and Soul." It was Winehouse's "final recording" before she was found dead of alcohol poisoning in her London home on July 23, 2011, according to her website.
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