With tonight’s (October 10) kickoff of ABC’s Nashville — a series that explores the lives of country music veteran Rayna James (played by Connie Britton) and determined up-and-coming ingenue Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) — we decided to take a closer look at the thin line between some of pop’s icons and the current crop of singers they’ve inspired.
We start our examination by highlighting the parallels between heartthrobs Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber, two men (yes, Bieber’s a man now) who’ve collectively made music-lovers’ tickers go pitter-pat over the past 15 years.
Next up we point out the unmistakeable similarities between Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and American Idol alum Adam Lambert. The obvious connection between the two is not something that was lost on Queen’s surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor, as they’ve enlisted Adam to perform on stage with them several times.
We also delve into the influence rock’s great chameleon David Bowie has had on Lady Gaga‘s career. From their respective androgynous stage personas to their theatrical performances, the Thin White Duke and Mother Monster have mastered the art of capturing the attention — and the imagination — of the masses.
Watch our look at these pop icons the artists who look up to them above, and tune in to Nashville on ABC tonight, at 10 p.m. EST.