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A Look Back at Moms-to-Be Who Slayed Onstage While Pregnant

Beyonce Grammy AwardsKevin Mazur/ContributorOnce upon a time, pregnant celebrities were encouraged to hide their bumps away -- but no more! Now, expectant performers take the stage like it's NBD, as evidenced by Beyonce's recent (and unforgettable) appearance at the 2017 Grammys. But Queen Bey isn't the only one to make her pregnancy part of her performance; plenty of other talented mamas have done the same, to the delight of fans!

Check out these amazing onstage moments from some of your favorite celebrity moms who inspired women everywhere to make the most of their bumps!


Ciara made headlines for her very pregnant performance at Power 106's Valentine's Crush concert in 2014, when she was expecting her first child with Future. Now pregnant with her second child, Ciara is still in the news for her ability to get down with a baby on board!

2Alicia Keys

If your blood pressure spiked when Beyonce tipped backwards in her chair during her Grammys performance -- what if she fell?! -- then you'll relate to the look on Prince's face when a pregnant Alicia Keys climbed up on the piano during his 2010 BET Awards tribute (possibly the most perfect side eye ever).

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Shakira wasn't about to let a baby bump stop her from shaking those famous hips at the closing ceremony of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan. She even tweeted that she "felt awesome on stage" after the performance! (She definitely looked awesome!)

5Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera not only sounded amazing at KIIS FM's 2014 Wango Tango concert (where she sang her hit "Say Something" with A Great Big World), but she also wore one of the most amazingly flattering maternity dresses we've ever seen!

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7Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani fans got more than they bargained for when the singer announced her first pregnancy with then-husband Gavin Rossdale during a concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2005. 

"I want you to say it loud enough so the baby hears it," Stefani yelled during the song "Crash." (The audience of course obliged!)


Way before pregnant pop stars were a "thing," Bjork shocked audiences when she performed on Icelandic television with a very prominent bump. (Audiences were shocked in part because Bjork looked so young -- she was actually 20 years old at the time.) 

9Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler's not really a rapper, but she still delivered an epic rap performance about Sarah Palin (who was sitting right next to her) back in her SNL days -- when she was about to deliver her son! No pressure, though:

"I was so pregnant that I was just trying to not give birth -- that was my goal. So whoever was seated next to me, I wasn't really paying attention to that at the time."

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10Carrie Underwood

Not only did a pregnant Carrie Underwood completely nail her presenting (and performing) duties at the 2014 CMA Awards, but she also managed to keep her composure when cohost Brad Paisley unwittingly revealed her baby's gender (she was expecting a boy). Grace under fire!


The 2017 Grammys weren't the only time a pregnant Beyonce took an awards show by storm: Back in 2011, she let the world know she was expecting (Blue Ivy) during a performance of "Love on Top" at the MTV VMAs when she unbuttoned her blazer and rubbed her belly (rumors were swirling at that point already anyway!).

13Jennifer Lopez

Yet another mom-to-be who used the stage for her big reveal: Jennifer Lopez shocked fans during a Miami concert with fellow headliner (and now ex-husband) Marc Anthony when she declared, "Marc and I are expecting a baby!" (As it turned out, she was expecting twins!)

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