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The 6 Strangest Music Collaborations Of All Time

Some things just don't go together.

We all remember how mortified we felt in 2019 when Adam Levine and Travis Scott started bouncing around the stage together, Levine strumming a few power chords on the guitar, trying to excite a crowd that he knew was vehemently disinterested in him.

But the embarrassment we felt for the Maroon 5 frontman's dated rocker boy antics didn't distract us from seeing the performance in its shirtless, misogynistic entirety. There's a particular sort of dread that comes when celebrities clash–when fans' rose-tinted glasses come off and we witness something highly anticipated dissolve into a debacle. We can't look away, as much as we so desperately want to.

In music especially there's been a slew of uncomfortable collaborations that we can't believe actually happened. Fergie actually butchered "Sweet Child O' Mine" next to Slash himself at Super Bowl XLV in front of millions of people. We didn't just have a fever dream.

Here are other absurd music collaborations that should never have happened, but unfortunately did.

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"Stuck with U" Proves Everything's Better When You're Rich and Hot

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's first official collaboration is an ode to love in the time of quarantine.

Despite sharing the stage on more than one occasion in addition to their manager, Scooter Braun, it's taken a worldwide crisis for Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber to collaborate.

The pop megastars have shared a new single together called "Stuck with U," with all net proceeds going to the First Responders Children's Foundation. The waltzy slow jam looks on the bright side of quarantine, seeing it instead as an opportunity to spend uninterrupted time with your significant other and loved ones. Grande notes her high standards in fling—"I'm not one to stick around / One strike and you're out, baby / Don't care if I sound crazy / But you never let me down," she sings—but assures that nothing will change if her partner starts driving her insane and running his mouth. Because it's not like anyone can leave, anyway!

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Did you know Post Malone was a huge Nirvana fan?

While the rapper and the iconic 90s band share little in terms of sound and style, their attitudes couldn't be more similar. Both Posty and the late Kurt Cobain's band have songs that rail against the state of society, delve into personal anxieties, and generally give a voice to a portion of a generation that feels left behind.

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