12 Iconic Power Couples in Music History
These couples have managed to balance their dedication to work in the entertainment world with their devotion to their partner, which has resulted in them, despite the years, staying together and happy.
Having a relationship is not easy and if one of the people involved, or both, is in the middle of public attention, the challenge multiplies. They are famous couples in the world of music, who have to deal with the "paparazzi" chasing every detail of their lives.
Also, if they are working together, it can be difficult to keep their partner roles separate from their professional life. And if they go on tour, they may have trouble spending time together, as they probably spend separate months.
The couples in this article have managed, against all odds, to stay together over the years. Their careers are successful and they have learned how to lead that success so that it does not affect their personal lives and marriages.
COURTNEY LOVE & KURT COBAIN
It seems that she was in love with him from that moment, and a few years later when he learned that Cobain was alone, he sought to meet again. The couple married in 1992 on a beach in Hawaii and they had a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Sadly, Kurt committed suicide two years later.
SHARON & OZZY OSBOURNE
The couple met through Sharon's father, who was running the heavy metal band Black Sabbath at the time, where Ozzy Osbourne was the lead vocalist. Sharon and Ozzy started dating in 1979 when Sharon started representing Ozzy as a soloist.
Ozzy and Sharon got married in 1982, and they have three children together: Aimee, 35, Kelly, 34 and Jack, 33. Their marriage has been difficult, with Ozzy fighting addiction. Sharon has also commented on her own battle with her mental health that led her to try to take her own life in 2019.
YOKO ONO & JOHN LENNON
John Lennon and Yoko Ono met in London in the 1960s. She, artist, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker, was the second wife of the Beatles star, John Lennon. In 1968, John composed Julia, a song about his mother with a reference to Yoko. They also recorded the album "Two Virgins" this same year.
A year later they married and generated many meters of news headlines with their protests about the Vietnam War and others, with images that are still a reference to today.
JUNE CARTER & JOHNNY CASH
Johnny met June while acting as an accompanying vocalist for Elvis Presley in 1956. They went on tour and acted together before and after getting married. Cash proposed to Carter when they were on stage performing in Ontario, Canada in 1968.
For their "Jackson" duo, they won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Performance Duet and then a Grammy for "If I Were A Carpenter." A love letter that Johnny wrote to June when she turned 65 was voted the best love letter of all time.
BEYONCÉ & JAY Z
This is probably the most powerful music couple of the moment. Beyoncé took first place and Jay Z second in the Forbes lists of “the richest women in music” and “the richest in hip-hop” in 2017, being the couple of “one billion dollars” from 2019.
The couple met in 2002 collaborating on "Bonnie & Clyde" by Jay-Z, and they continue to work together and influence each other's production. Beyoncé's "Lemonade" album was inspired by Jay-Z's alleged infidelity and recently revealed that they have been working on a joint album.
ROCHELLE & MARVIN HUMES
The couple got married in July 2012 and in November of that year, they gave the happy news that they were expecting their first baby together. Alaia-Mai arrived in May 2013 and in 2017 with the arrival of Valentina Raine, she became an older sister.
AYDA & ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Robbie admitting that it depends heavily on Ayda, and they are an exceptionally united couple. For many years Williams did not find the north in his life, despite the success. Then his wife, the children came and now everything makes sense to him.
GLORIA & EMILIO ESTEFAN
Gloria and Emilio Estefan Jr., the two Cuban immigrants, met at a jam session in Miami in 1975. A few months later, he asked him to join his band the Miami Latin Boys and changed the name of the band to Miami Sound Machine.
They married in 1978 and had two children. After spending five years touring Latin America performing his music, a fusion of pop with Cuban rhythms, Gloria came up with the idea of making his music in English. The success came quickly, making the Estefan couple world famous.
ALICIA KEYS & SWIZZ BEATZ
Alicia Keys became a star in 2001 with his first album "Songs in A Minor," and has had four albums on the bestseller list. On the other hand, Swizz Beatz has directed successes for a great part of hip-hop.
The R&B singer and producer married in Corsica in July 2010, but their respective careers had been established extraordinarily long before. And if she wanted to do it, Alicia can brag about the 18 million albums sold against her husband's 400,000.
FAITH HILL & TIM MCGRAW
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have proven to have careers as lasting as their marriage of almost 16 years. These country stars continue to lead successful tours and adding songs to their list of successful singles and albums.
Hill has released its 8th album at the end of the year and McGraw previously released their 12th studio album Together, they have sold more than 60 million albums to date. All a feat.
CHER & SONNY
Cher began her successful musical career with her husband Sonny Bono when they released "I Got You Babe" in 1965, in addition, Cher launched her solo career. Sonny and Cher were described by Time magazine as the "it" rock couple.
They divorced in 1976, for "irreconcilable differences," however, they remained close friends and Cher gave a sincere compliment at Sonny's funeral in 1998 when he died in a skiing accident.
PATTI SCIALFA & BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Bruce Springsteen met Patti Scialfa at The Stone Pony, the famous Asbury Park, NJ bar in 1980. She auditioned and got the job as a singer for Springsteen tours in the U.S.A. of 1984. Bruce warning her that they had never had a woman in choirs and did not know if it would work.
Bruce married actress Julianne Phillips in 1985. But the marriage was not easy, and Phillips filed for divorce after seeing photos of Scialfa with Springsteen. Patti and Bruce had their first child, Evan in 1990. They married the following year by adding two more children to the family.
In the world of entertainment, especially music, it seems that relationships have no future. So many breaks, divorces, infidelities, it looks daunting for couples who start their journey together.
However, the couples in this article have shown that it can be done. You have to put certain attitudes aside and be generous over time, tolerant and very adaptable to make it work. Not for nothing are they called "powerful couples."