33 Musicians You Completely Forgot Guest Starred Crime Shows
It seems like every celeb and his mother has guest-starred on a crime show at some point. Procedural dramas often last 10+ seasons, so they're bound to nab some VIPs for special episodes.
Whether it's a musician playing himself, an actor/musician, or just a musician who felt like guest-starring on a killer (heh) show because why the heck not, check out 33 musicians who've graced various crime shows. DUN DUN.
- Justin Bieber Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
It's been a whopping six years since the Biebs first appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation . Over two episodes the Biebs played Jason McCann, a serial killer and bomber, who was eventually shot and killed by police. Guess it really was too late to say sorry.
- Hilary Duff Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Duff guest-starred on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit inspired by Casey Anthony . The 'Sparks' singer played a woman accused of murdering her daughter.
- Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson CBS
The then-couple played Chester Byron and Lila Wickfield, two lovers caught up in the drug-dealing world, on CSI: NY .
- Ludacris Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Ludacris guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Darius Parker, a relative of Fin Tutuola ( Ice-T ), who assaulted and murdered a woman and her baby and then blackmailed the SVU squad in court.
- Travis Barker CBS
A decade ago, the Blink-182 drummer appeared on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Barker played Hi-Def, a guy questioned by police about dead kids. The episode also featured Akon , Obie Trice , and Method Man .
- Carly Rae Jepsen Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
The 'Call Me Maybe' singer played herself on Castle and dealt with fanboy Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). And while the photo above is actually from her time on Saturday Night Live , her episode was SNL -themed, so seemed appropriate.
- Harry Connick Jr. NBC
The singer played Executive A.D.A. David Haden on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His character developed a brief relationship with Olivia Benson ( Mariska Hargitay ).
- Master P Tony Esparza/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
The rapper guest-starred on an early episode of CSI: NY playing Kevin Vick, a hip-hop king who hit on Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito) and was questioned about the death of a hip-hop artist.
- Nelly Furtado CBS
Furtado guest-starred on CSI: NY as Ava Brandt, a skilled shoplifter who became the police's prime suspect after a security guard was found dead.
- T.I. Norman Shapiro/CBS via Getty Images
On Hawaii Five-0 , the 'Whatever You Like' singer played Ray, a gangster who helped kidnap and torture Danny Williams (Scott Caan), but was eventually murdered by Danny.
- Shad Moss CBS via Getty Images
Formerly known as (Lil) Bow Wow, Moss was a series regular on CSI: Cyber as Brody Nelson, a hacker who eventually sided with the FBI to avoid jail time.
- Patrick Stump Dennis Yeandle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
The Fall Out Boy member guest-starred on the OG Law & Order , playing someone who got swept up in a murder/kidnapping. NBC spokeswoman Amber James told MTV News back in 2007 that Stump was 'completely out of character. [The episode had] nothing to do with his band or him being a musician.'
- Dave Navarro NBC
On a Rihanna and Chris Brown–inspired episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , the former Red Hot Chili Peppers member played a dude who sat back and watched while not–Chris Brown beat up not-Rihanna.
- Nick Lachey Mario Perez/CBS via Getty Images
Lachey guest-starred on Hawaii Five-0 with his now-wife, Vanessa Lachey. The former 98 Degrees singer played a kidnapper who was later shot and killed.
- Sabrina Carpenter NBC
The 'Eyes Wide Open' singer and Girl Meets World actress's very first role was as a young rape victim on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit .
- Chris Daughtry CBS
On CSI: NY 's 100th episode, Daughtry played one of several 'Mac Taylors.' The detective squad rounded up all the people named Mac Taylor, including the lead on the show (Gary Sinise), after realizing people with that name were being murdered.
- Nelly CBS
The rapper also guest-starred on the 100th episode of CSI: NY , and he appeared on three other episodes of the show, as well.
- Jesse McCartney Will Hart/NBCU Photo Bank
McCartney definitely didn't have a 'beautiful soul' after his character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit murdered his girlfriend in a blind rage, then made it look like she committed suicide.
- Devon Werkheiser CBS
The 'Here and Now' singer and Ned's Declassified alum appeared on Criminal Minds as a kid whose school bus was kidnapped by two guys obsessed with a violent video game.
- Kevin Bacon FOX via Getty Images
Bacon starred on the shouldn't-have-been-cancelled-so-damn-early drama The Following . His character hunted down a vicious serial killer recruiting other serial killers to commit heinous acts.
- Ne-Yo Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Credited as Shaffer Smith (Ne-Yo's real name), the 'Closer' singer guest-starred on CSI: NY , murdering and kidnapping people and clearly having the time of his life.
- Carrie Underwood John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
The American Idol winner played herself, along with fellow singer Tony Bennett , on an episode of Blue Bloods .
- John Mayer Ron P. Jaffe/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
Mayer guest-starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as himself.
- Sean Combs Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
P Diddy appeared on two episodes of CSI: Miami as defense attourney Derek Powell. Combs told People back in 2008, 'I don't want to play no musician, I don't want to play a criminal — none of those stereotypical things. I want to play a lawyer.'
- Kevin Federline Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
Britney Spears 's ex-husband played Cole 'Pig' Tritt, a guy who harassed the police as they tried to investigate a series of tourist beatings, on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation .
- Keke Palmer Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
The 'I Don't Belong to You' singer guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Tasha Wright, a girl abducted by a pedophile after Hurricane Katrina.
- John Stamos Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
In between playing with The Beach Boys and other various acting projects, Stamos guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a super-skeezy dude who tricked women into having his babies.
- Gavin Rossdale
The crooner played Dante, a rock star the squad suspected to be involved with a series of vicious murders, on an episode of Criminal Minds .
- Jordin Sparks Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
Sparks played high school teacher Alison Stone on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation . Stone was 'a crazed woman... who was a victim and a suspect,' according to Sparks.
- Aly Michalka Richard Foreman/CBS via Getty Images
One-half of Aly & AJ — who are making new music , btw — Michalka guest-starred on CSI: NY as Miranda Beck, a girl who found her boyfriend's dead body and was interrogated by the police.
- Black Sabbath Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
The heavy metal band guest-starred as themselves on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation three years ago and premiered their (then) new song, 'End of the Beginning.'
- Ahmir-Khalib Thompson Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Thompson, a.k.a. Questlove, played a corpse on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit .
- Taylor Swift Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
There was clearly some 'Bad Blood' (sorry) on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation when Swift played Haley Jones, a murder victim who died after fighting with her friend and getting stabbed with scissors.