37 Famous Singers Who Are Shorter Than You Expected

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Last updated on August 28th, 2023 at 03:40 pm

Singers always seem to have a massive presence when they’re onstage. However, some are much shorter than you might think – even below average, making them much tinier than their personalities in front of a crowd.

Take a seat, strap in, and prepare yourself as we talk about short singers who are much smaller than you ever thought.

1. Lady Gaga

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First on our list of short singers is the iconic Lady Gaga, who stands at a shocking 5′ 1″. She has a massive presence onstage, powering through numbers like “Bad Romance” and “Just Dance” in incredible outfits, making her seem larger than life.

2. Prince

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The late Prince is another singer on the shorter side, powering through his incredible songs at 5′ 2″. His legacy makes him seem like he is more than a few feet taller than he actually is in reality, and that’s how many people remember him.

Related: Is Prince Overrated?

3. Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars has such an incredible stage presence that you would never expect that he only stands 5′ 5″. He’s one of the most well-known musicians of the modern day, releasing catchy numbers like “Locked Out Of Heaven” and “Just The Way You Are.”

4. Bob Marley

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Bob Marley left a legacy behind when he passed as a singer, songwriter, and reggae pioneer. With such a rich history behind him, it’s surprising that the singer was only 5′ 7″.

5. Shakira

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Shakira is known as the “Queen of Latin Music,” astounding the world with her unique voice and amazing dancing ability. Although her stage presence is giant when she sings songs like “Hips Don’t Lie,” she is shorter than most people at 5′ 2″.

6. Bono

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Next on our list of short singers is the iconic Bono, a well-known singer, songwriter, activist, and philanthropist. Although he ensures his voice is known worldwide, the artist is only 5′ 6″ tall.

7. Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson is a singer, songwriter, activist, actor, and a pioneer of outlaw country, one of country music’s most popular subgenres. Willie Nelson pours out hits like “On the Road Again” and “Always On My Mind” at a height of 5′ 6″. 

8. Christina Aguilera

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You might recognize Christina Aguilera from her role as a judge on The Voice, an actress, or her singing career with hits like “Genie In A Bottle” and “Lady Marmalade.” Her name is everywhere, so you might be shocked to learn that the unforgettable singer is only 5′ 2″.

9. Fergie

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Fergie has had an extensive career, from her time as a member of the Black Eyed Peas to her moments behind the microphone as a solo artist. She has an iconic voice but is only 5′ 4″.

10. Cee Lo Green

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Cee Lo Green is a producer, actor, singer, songwriter, and rapper known for songs like “Forget You” and “Bright Lights Bigger City.” He has such a swagger and presence in everything he does, so you might be surprised to learn he’s only 5′ 7″. 

11. Avril Lavigne

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Avril Lavigne was a core part of the early 2000s, relating to teens and young adults with hits like “Complicated” and “My Happy Ending.” She’s a powerful singer, belting along with unique instruments at 5′ 1″ 

12. Britney Spears

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Britney Spears, once known as the “Princess of Pop,” is another singer shorter than you might think, standing at a mere 5′ 4″. When she was onstage, performing in incredible outfits and wild dance moves, she seemed almost larger than life.

13. Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood is one of the most prominent singers today and one of the first winners of American Idol. She has a powerful voice in her 5′ 3″ frame, perfect for belting out popular songs like “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”

Related: Carrie Underwood’s Net Worth

14. Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton is an incredible singer and artist that has been on the country scene for around fifty years. Although she’s only 5 ft tall, you can’t miss this icon whenever she takes the stage, whether she’s singing a song or making an important announcement for a charity she loves.

Related: 35 Interesting Facts About Dolly Parton

15. Ja Rule

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Next on our list of short singers is Ja Rule, an American rapper with a long list of hits like “Always On Time” and “Life Ain’t A Game.” The rapper is only 5′ 9″, below average compared to other singers.

16. Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne is a professional rapper and easily one of the most influential creators of his generation, boasting tunes like “6 Foot 7 Foot” and “Love Me.” He’s only 5′ 5″ tall, much shorter than similar rappers in his age group.

17. Shania Twain

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Shania Twain is next on our list of short singers, standing 5′ 4″. She looks much taller when she belts well-known songs like “Any Man of Mine” and “I’m Gonna Getcha Good.”

Related: The Best 15 Shania Twain Songs in Order of Popularity

18. Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato was once a Disney Channel actress and moved into a career as a prominent pop singer. Although she seems much taller, Lovato is only 5′ 3″ tall.

19. Michael Jackson

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Beloved pop singer Michael Jackson stood at only 5′ 9″, which, while technically the average height for men in the United States, seems a bit short for someone often referred to as the King of Pop.

Related: How Did Michael Jackson Die?

20. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez is among the short singers, with her height of 5′ 4″. While 5′ 4″ is the average height for women in the United States, it just seems a bit short when you consider he powerful voice. At least she can brag that she is taller than her friend Demi Lovato who is also a short singer.

21. Freddie Mercury

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Right alongside MJ, we have Freddie Mercury, who also stands at 5′ 9″. The famed member of the band Queen might have been of average height, but he was at least 1 inch shorter than all his bandmates.

22. Olivia Rodrigo

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For a 20-year-old, Olivia Rodrigo’s fame is admirable. What’s even crazier is that this award-winning singer stands at only 5′ 3″ tall, clear proof that musical talent has nothing to do with height.

23. Matthew Healy

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The British singer and songwriter Matthew Healy also joins Freddie and MJ in the 5′ 9″ club. Unfortunately for this singer, the average height for men in the UK is 5’10”, making him officially one of our short singers.

24. Billie Eilish

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Most fans can tell Billie Eilish is a bit on the short side when she shows up to events, as everyone she stands next to is just so much taller. This star stands at 5′ 3″, making her one of the short singers for sure.

Related: Billie Eilish’s Net Worth May Surprise You

25. Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber has always looked a little short to us, maybe because he started his career so young, but this singer stands at 5’9.” At least he is still taller than his wife, Hailey Bieber, who is 5’6”.

Related: 34 Interesting Facts About Justin Bieber

26. Bad Bunny

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Bad Bunny, known for his songs “Where She Goes” and “un x100to,” is also among the short singers, standing at only 5’9”. Clearly, not being the tallest isn’t important when you have an amazing voice!

Related: 32 Interesting Facts About Bad Bunny

27. Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj is one of the few singers we were surprised to see among the list of short singers. While she has a larger-than-life personality, this singer is just 5’2” tall.

28. Travis Barker

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Travis Barker, the former drummer for Blink-182, is also a very talented singer.  With a height of only 5’9”, this singer was one of the shorter members of the group. Lucky for him, Scott Raynor was also 5’9”, though Tom Delonge, Matt Skiba, and Mark Hoppus were all significantly taller.

29. Little Richard

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You probably aren’t surprised to find out that Little Richard was, well, little. At 5’9”, he definitely wasn’t the shortest singer on our list of short singers, but he definitely wasn’t tall either.

30. Ariana Grande

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One of the shortest singers on our list of short singers, Ariana Grande is just 5ft tall, making her truly pint-sized. She always wears large styles and heels on the red carpet to distract her fans from how short she is.

Related: Why Has Ariana Grande Lost So Much Weight?

31. Ozzy Osbourne

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Ozzy Osbourne is another short singer with a height of 5’ 9″. The good news is, his longtime wife, Sharon Osbourne, is 5′ 1″, so he at least looks tall in her eyes!

Related: 10 Best Ozzy Osbourne Songs

32. The Weeknd

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The Weeknd stands at only 5′ 8″ tall, which is definitely short for a man. Especially considering he was born in Canada, where the average height for men is almost 5′ 11″ tall.

33. Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran, like his pal the Weeknd, is also only 5′ 8″ tall. Known for his songs “Perfect” and “Shape of You,” not only is this singer one of the short singers, but he also maintains a wildly different look when compared to most other popular singers.

34. Frank Sinatra

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Many people remember Frank Sinatra as larger than life, but their memories are clearly faulty as the Ol’ Blue Eyes was only 5′ 7″. It just goes to show that you really can’t tell someone’s height when they are on stage!

Related: How Did Frank Sinatra Die?

35. Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan’s height is about 5′ 7″, putting him on our list of short singers. Some even speculate that he has shrunk a bit in his old age, making him even shorter.

Related: Best Bob Dylan Songs

36. Elton John

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Elton John, the legendary British musician, is definitely one of the short singers as he is only 5′ 7″. Most fans never knew this back in the day, thanks to the crazy costumes he wore, but now that he is older and performed much of his Farewell tour in a suit, he is notably short.

37. Bow Wow

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Last but not least is Bow Wow, a rapper and actor known for his work in The Fast and the Furious and F9. He has a massive presence on screen, but he’s only 5′ 7″.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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