Perfectly coiffed hairdos aside, Bon Jovi always straddled that perilous divide between rock credibility and pure pop fluff. Still, theres no doubt about the bands commercial viability. With massive hits You Give Love a Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive, Livin on a Prayer, among others, and album sales in excess of 120 million, Bon Jovis one of the most successful American bands of all time.
The New Jersey bands recent dabbling in country music confused matters, but it also expanded their following. Who Says You Can't Go Home, featuring Sugarlands Jennifer Nettles, garnered a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. And 2007s Lost Highway boasts contributions from LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich. Nevertheless, Bon Jovis early hits still hold sway. During Januarys Grammy telecast, 250,000 online voters selected Living on a Prayer for the band to perform.
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