By Natalie Rebisz
Whoever said having a bun in the oven meant taking a back seat in life clearly hasn’t seen these ladies in action. In fact, these pop stars make maternity leave seem like a vacation. Here are 10 epic performances by musicians who were pregnant and still managed to crush it on stage.
M.I.A at the 2009 Grammy AwardsEmbedded from www.dailymotion.com.
Beyoncé at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
Queen B’s flawless performance, which included her pregnancy announcement, goes down as one of the most iconic by an expecting musician. Let’s not forget about the end result, a.k.a. Blue Ivy. Blessed.
Carrie Underwood at the 2015 CMA Awards
In addition to taking on hosting responsibilities during the 2014 CMAs, Underwood performed her hit song, “Something in the Water”. Co-host Brad Paisley let it slip that Underwood was expecting a boy during the show’s opening monologue.
Christina Aguilera at Wango Tango 2014
Aguilera rocked a sexy black dress and, of course, her baby bump when delivering a killer performance of “Say Something” with A Great Big World at Wango Tango in 2014. All while wearing heels. Talk about embracing pregnancy!
Mariah Carey at Christmas in Washington in 2011
Ironically, Carey was pregnant with twins in 2011, when she performed “One Child” at the White House for the annual Christmas in Washington television special. She still managed to stun the exclusive crowd with her on-point vocals.
Ciara at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards After-party
Despite her apparent pregnancy, singer-songwriter Ciara delivered a stellar performance of hits like “Goodies” and “1, 2 Step” at last year’s official Grammy after-party. A few months later, Ciara gave birth to a baby boy with rapper Future, her fiancé at the time.
Kelly Clarkson at the Staples Center in 2015
When it comes to this performance, a pregnancy announcement actually made it that much more powerful. Kelly announced her most recent pregnancy at her concert, midway through singing her title track, “Piece By Piece”, making the crowd of 20,000+ go absolutely crazy.
Alicia Keys at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards
Even at seven months pregnant, Keys still managed to deliver a compelling rendition of her song “We Are Here”, all while looking gorgeous in a silver gown and a pregnancy glow to match.