Season 4 of Nashville will come to a close on May 25, but before those fireworks go off, a rocket (man) is set to launch on May 18 during the penultimate episode: Elton John is slated to appear as himself. Elton, who released his new album Wonderful Crazy Night in February, will be performing with Sam Palladio’s character Gunnar. How did Elton get involved with the show? His recent album was produced by former Nashville executive music producer T Bone Burnett, who is the husband of Nashville creator Callie Khouri. Plus, the Grammy-winning legend has always enjoyed a little drama in his life.
But Elton isn’t the only celebrity who has graced the streets of Nashville for a cameo or two. Here are 4 stars who made appearances as someone other than themselves:
Christina Aguilera portrayed singer Jade St. John.
Dancing with the stars pro Derek Hough played movie star Noah West.
Kimberly Williams Paisley had a recurring role in Season 1 and 2 as Peggy Kenter.
J.D. Souther played Watty White, a legendary country music producer and songwriter who counsels Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton).
And of course all the drama wouldn’t be true to life without a few real-life country celebs hanging around. Here are 5 of our favorite country stars appearances . . . as themselves.
Brad Paisley inducted Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panatierre) into the Grand Ole Opry.
Luke Bryan surprised Rayna James during her Good Morning America performance.
Vince Gill has made several appearances on the show. He attended Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) surprise birthday party for Deacon (Chip Esten) with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, as well as appearing on the Grand Ole Opry to welcome Rayna to the stage.
Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus has made several appearances as himself, and so have bandmates Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney.
Tune in to ABC on Wednesday nights at 10 pm ET/ 9 pm CT to catch all of the action.
Show photos courtesy of ABC TV, Elton photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Wireimage