The WWE is the ultimate place where entertainment and sport collide. There have been a number of celebrities to have appeared in the wrestling industry throughout its esteemed time on television, including world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and former reality star turned US President Donald Trump.
However, musicians have also played a prominent role in the product appealing to a mainstream audience, and that has seen a number of stars inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. But, which artists have been awarded this honour during their career?
Snoop Dogg is one of the best-selling rap artists in the world, having sold over 23 million albums in the United States, and 35 million worldwide. The 50-year-old rose to prominence in 1993 with the release of his debut album ‘Doggystyle’. During his career, Snoop Dogg has been nominated for 17 Grammy awards, but is yet to win. However, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame prior to WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas.
He has appeared on WWE television on a number of occasions throughout his career, including at WrestleMania XXIV, where he served as a special enforcer for a Lumberhill match between Melina and Beth Phoenix and Maria and Ashley. He was also no stranger to getting involved with the WWE superstars, as he speared Santino Marella after the Mania match.
The most recent inductee into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame is Birmingham-born Ozzy Osbourne. The Prince of Darkness was inducted earlier this year, after a musical career that has spun over 40 years. He is most fondly remembered as the lead singer for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Both as part of the group and as a singles artist, Osbourne has sold over 100 million records around the world. He is regarded as the pioneering artist behind heavy metal music, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.
Osbourne has leant his song for WWE products over the years, including his hit ‘War Pigs’, which was the theme for NXT TakeOver: War Games. His first appearance in WWE came way back at WrestleMania 2, as he managed the British Bulldogs as they captured the tag team titles. Osbourne was joined by his family in the 2000s for an appearance on Raw, as the show aired a ‘Raw’s Got Talent’ special.
Kid Rock has transcended a number of genres throughout his career, including heavy metal, country, and hip hop. His release of ‘Cowboy’ in 1999 is largely considered to be a pioneering track in the history of country rap, and he has enjoyed success with best-selling singles such as ‘All Summer Long’ and ‘Picture’.
Kid Rock was inducted into the hall of Fame in 2018 by Triple H, and also leant ‘New Orleans’ as the theme song for WrestleMania 34. His input into WWE has been achieved through allowing his voice to some of the superstars, as he sang theme songs for stars such as The Undertaker and Stacy Keibler.
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