8 Presenters You Forgot Were Singers Too

The iHeartRadio MMVAs are quickly approaching (less than a week!) and we’ve got a lineup of celebrity musicians ready to make it a night to remember. However, with the excitement surrounding our impending performers, it’s easy to forget that some of our presenters come from musical backgrounds as well. Check out our list of presenters you may have forgotten (or might not have known at all) are singers too.


Tyra Banks

Remember when Tyra Banks dipped her foot into the music game? Neither did we, but we assure you, she certainly did. In 2004, Banks released a cult-bop single called, “Shake Ya Body,” as part of cycle 2 of America’s Next Top Model. In an even more surprising twist, “Shake Ya Body” was created with the help of big, Hollywood names such as Pharrell Williams, David Foster, Rodney Jerkins, and Wyclef Jean.

This wasn’t the first time Banks showed off her vocals—the model also sang in the Life Size movie’s signature song, “Be A Star” and was featured on the chorus of Kobe Bryant’s (failed) debut single, “K.O.B.E.


Derek Hough

He may be a world-renowned professional dancer (with the stars), but he’s also a singer too. In 2017, Derek Hough released the single, “Hold On” which was his first solo single written, directed, and performed by him. The rock song narrates the emotional effects that come with experiencing suicide, suicidal thoughts, and loneliness.


Ashlee Simpson

As the younger sister of singer Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson had a prosperous music career in the early 2000s. One of her more notable tracks was “La La,” a song from her 2004 album, Autobiography. The following year, “La La” was certified Gold and its music video was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.


Evan Ross

As the song of mega-star Diana Ross, it’s almost impossible for Evan Ross not to have an amazing set of pipes on him. In 2011, Ross released his first single, “Yes Me,” and a second single, “How To Live Alone,” in 2015. Ross also currently stars in the TV show drama, Star, where he regularly showcases his vocals.


Alexandra Shipp

This X-Men and Love Simon star is an outstanding actor, but what you may not have remembered is that she’s a singer, too! Near the debut of her road to stardom, Shipp acted as Aaliyah in the made for television film, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. There, she got the chance to show the world what she could do with her vocal chords. But, before making her way onto television, like most of us, Shipp attempted to pave her way on YouTube.


Chrissy Metz

This Is Us star, Chrissy Metz, may be an actor but she’s also got a passion for music. In an interview with Glamour, Metz revealed that her singing skills are a large part of the reason she was able to make it in Hollywood. Check out Chrissy Metz singing with her band, Chrissy and The Vapors, below.


Colton Haynes

He can act, he can dance, he can model, and he can sing—Colton Haynes really can do it all. Who would’ve thought? In the video below, Haynes sings a cover of “19 You And Me” by Dan + Shay with the New Heights. Also, check out this video of Haynes singing, “You Raise Me Up.” It just solidifies the fact that we must see Colton Haynes act in a Disney prince role before we die.


Gus Kenworthy

Okay… so this one may be a little bit of a stretch, but Olympic silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy, does enjoy belting out a song or two every now and then.

Catch the iHeartRadio MMVAs hosted by Awkwafina on Sunday, August 26 at 9/7MT on CTV and Much.