Bey Z and the Five Greatest Pop Power Couples Ever
In these modern times, real love is hard to find.
But if you're feeling too hopeless to even touch yourself, remember that Beyoncé and Jay Z found each other. They have what the rest of the world may never know -- a mutually-beneficial marriage that may or may not include a room in which to sleep with other people. They're both beautiful, talented, rich, and they're coming to rub their love in our faces.
Of course, Bey Z isn't the only superpair to make musical moves. Let's take a closer look at pop's greatest pop power couples ever and pretend that we could be so lucky.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
The most infamous and influential couple in rock'n'roll history could be none other than John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was not a mere voice of his generation, but a voice of the human race. She was an experimental artist whose greatest work was breaking up the Beatles - or so they say. They loved posing together naked and staying in bed for world peace. They made albums of beautifully-bizarre music together, such as Double Fantasy and Two Virgins. They were intensely devoted, not that they didn't have the same marital troubles as all other famous couples, and Yoko was right there when John died. She keeps his memory alive today through the Imagine foundation and continues to inspire the world around her to make art and love above all else.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown had a lot of things in common, and just because one of those things was a crippling drug addiction doesn't mean their love wasn't real. Sure, they had to continuously publically address the status of their relationship because they made Chris Brown and Rihanna look like a game of patty-cake, but what marriage isn't without its trials? Many would say Bobby was bad for Whitney, but we feel like behind that adorable strut lied a gangsta bitch to begin with. Despite the obvious absurdity of their romantic situation, their marriage lasted 15 years. In 2005, they took their love to TV with the hard-to-watch show Being Bobby Brown. Surprisingly, being on Bravo didn't save their relationship, and they divorced in 2007. Whitney sadly passed in 2012, but Bobby is still going strong. Ain't that the way it goes?
See also: Ten Drug-Addicted Pop Stars
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love
Talk shit if you want to, but Kurt and Courtney loved each other. They named their daughter Frances Bean before it was really hip for celebrities to name their kids weird shit. For sure, they were on a lot of drugs. Things were not perfect in their world. We've heard it said that the "Heart-Shaped Box" is Love's vagina, which makes that Nirvana hit the most depressing love song ever penned. Everyone also knows that Dave Grohl totally hates Cobain's widow, but all this bad press aside, we don't give any credence to the conspiracy that Courtney killed Kurt. You could tell Kurt was suicidal from a million miles away, and heroin doesn't really give one flourishing a sense of hope. Kurt left this earth much too soon, but Courtney continued to have a career with Hole, and now their daughter is making headlines for calling out Lana Del Ray on twitter.
Johnny Cash and June Carter
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert may be killing the game right now, but the first couple of country will always be Johnny Cash and June Carter. Mr. Cash proposed to the would-be misses during a live performance in London, Ontario, effectively rendering whatever you plan to do trite and unmemorable. June was Johnny's second wife, and the marriage was June's third. Together, they struck gold in more ways than one, and their love, tried as it was, lasted through to the end of June's life. Johnny followed his lover to the grave only four months later, after releasing that really sad cover of NIN's "Hurt." Both husband and wife brought incredible talent to the table. They often shared the stage and the screen as part of The Johnny Cash Show, and their romance was immortalized by Joaquin Pheonix and Reese Witherspoon forever in the dramatic and lovely Walk the Line.
Cher and Sonny Bono
The Cash family weren't the only couple to rock television. Sonny and Cher had not one but two hit television shows which helped set the cultural tone of the '60s and '70s. They rose to prominence as a couple, appearing together on hits "I Got You Babe," "Baby Don't Go," "The Beat Goes On," and more. In their ten years of marriage, they sold 40 million records worldwide. True, their love didn't last forever. They ended their duo career and marriage in 1975, but their influence lasts into modern times. Cher went on to have a hugely successful solo career, of course, and is actually the artist responsible for auto-tune abuse. Sonny met an unfortunate end in a skiing accident in 1998, and you can hear about that in the Eminem song "Who Knew."
Jay Z and Beyonce
The Carters are without a doubt the most powerful couple in the contemporary scene. They married in 2008, but they've been riding together making hit songs about their love since 2003. Their love has stood the test of time, even if right now the whole world is trying to tear them apart. They have the most public and profitable relationship perhaps in music history. The On the Run double-team tour making its way to the Sun Life Stadium Wednesday is sure to be historically amazing. They've both got more hits than we can remember, and the chance to see them perform their duets live will should be astounding. Let no gossip rag or little sister tear this institution asunder.
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Jay Z and Beyoncé's On the Run Tour. Wednesday, June 25. Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $54.20 to $318.90 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 305-623-6100 or visit sunlifestadium.com.
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