Clean eating and a healthy lifestyle are vital for a singer. And in recent years, more and more famous musicians are taking up a vegan diet, cutting out meat and replacing it with natural, whole food sources. This article counts down through 17 of the most famous vegan singers, and why they made the change to veganism.
What musicians and singers are vegan or vegetarian? There are lots of famous vegan musicians including Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Madonna, and Ellie Goulding. There are also lots of examples of vegan rappers, vegetarian singers, and other vegan music artists in our long list below.
Not only does veganism help protect the planet and the animals on it, but it can also offer major health benefits. Vegan singers reap advantages from a vegan diet – cutting out dairy and processed, fatty foods can improve vocal health and keep you energised on stage.
Some of the best-known singers today follow a singers diet and many are vegans, and they find the lifestyle really helps fuel their performances. While they have different reasons for becoming a vegan singer, all of the musicians say they feel better from it. Read on to see which of your favourite artists you recognise on the list which includes vegan rappers, vegan metal musicians, and vegan singers.
What musicians are vegan?
More and more vegan singers and vegan music artists have featured in the press in recent years. Here are some of the more famous names you will be familiar with.
What singers are vegetarian?
- Joss Stone
- Erykah Badu
- Shania Twain
- Lana Del Rey
- Elvis Costello
- Michael Bolton
- Eliza Doolittle
#1 Ariana Grande
The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning singer has been vegan since 2013. She follows an almost Macrobiotic Japanese diet, eating lots of daikons, adzuki beans, and lotus.
Grande substitutes animal-based products in her meals with meat replacements like sweet potato, tofu, and raw vegetables. Blueberries are her favourite go–to snack. These food groups provide her diet with protein, carbohydrates and vitamins to stay energised on stage.
As well as clean eating, Grande also has a personal trainer, Harley Pasternak. In an interview with Look, Grande reveals: “I try and live a healthy lifestyle; eating right, exercise and sleep are all so important. I try and stay really active all the time. I like to hike when I can and being on stage is a great workout.”
#2 Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is so proud of his being aa vegan singer that he sang about it on his appearance of James Corden’s The Late Late Show. Give it a watch below.
The 19-time Grammy winner says he occasionally misses eating meat, but he feels good not eating animal products. He started as a vegetarian and switched to become a vegan in 2014, for health and environmental reasons.
Changing to a plant-based diet can have an amazing restorative effect on the environment, something Wonder is passionate about. Cutting meat from your diet can purify the air and reduce energy consumption among many other environmental benefits.
#3 Mark Pontius
The Foster the People drummer is a strong supporter of animal rights. He lives on a ranch in Nashville which he dreams of filling with adopted farm animals, allowing them to live and roam freely.
Pontius says veganism is a much happier lifestyle, and he no longer feels sluggish or heavy because he follows a natural, plant-based diet.
He snacks on hummus and pitta while he’s touring and celebrates an all-vegan Thanksgiving with his family, where they put a vegan spin on traditional dishes like apple pie.
#4 Oliver Sykes
Bring Me the Horizon’s lead vocalist is a notorious vegan. Last year, he opened the doors to his own Sheffield-based Vegan bar, Church: Temple of Fun.
To celebrate Sheffield Pride 2018, Sykes unveiled a rainbow vegan b12 burger on the menu at his bar.
Talking to NME, Skyes describes himself as “one of the most awkward people ever when it comes to food because I’m vegan and I can’t eat gluten and a bunch of other stuff.” But in his hometown of Sheffield, his favourite vegan café is Make No Bones, where he orders Kentucky fried tofu.
Heavy metal vegan musicians
The world of rock also has plenty of vegan metal musicians who advocate a plant-based diet.
#5 Rob Zombie
Despite his gothic surname, the frontman of the heavy metal band White Zombie is a devoted vegan and an avid PETA supporter. Zombie is probably the most famous of vegan metal musicians in the rock world.
Rob Zombie has followed a plant–based for over 30 years and has also directed films like Halloween and House of 1000 Corpses to raise awareness of the effects of a high meat diet.
Brighton based metal band, Architects, are another all-vegan band. Their openly political songs spread awareness about misjustice in society and in 2012, the grouped partnered up with PETA2 to do a photoshoot bearing the message: “Liberate yourself. Go Vegan.”
In a recent interview with Clash, the band’s vocalist Sam Carter explained that being a vegan in the music industry can help create a movement.
He said: “The thing that makes me more proud is influencing people’s attitudes and changing things within the music industry, what people eat, their ethics and the way they think.”
Punk rock vegan musicians
#7 Jared Leto
The lead singer of rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars credits a vegan lifestyle, exercise, and plenty of sleep as his means of survival during long stints on the road touring. His technique was proven successful when he won PETA’s Sexiest Vegan award in 2014.
The 47-year-old has been a long-term vegan, eating a plant-based diet for around 20 years. He follows a low-fat vegan diet to stay in shape and hasn’t eaten dairy products since being a teenager.
In an interview for the Rolling Stone, Leto described himself as a “cheagan”. He explains the term as a “cheating vegan.”
He explains, “I don’t eat meat ever. But if someone’s mom made a cookie and handed it to me, I’d probably take a bite, or if I’m in Alaska and there’s wild salmon out of the river, I’d probably eat it.”
#8 Andy Hurley
Fall Out Boy’s drummer, Andy Hurley, is a prolific advocate for veganism. He’s even set up his own vegan café in Portland; the Oracle Coffee Company.
When Fall Out Boy went their separate ways in 2010, Hurley formed a new band, “Sect”. The band is made solely of vegan members and is described as a “vegan punk supergroup.”
#9 Blink 182
Rock band Blink 182 were voted PETA’s most animal-friendly band in 2016. They won the award as not just one, but all three, of the band’s members are vegan!
Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Matt Skiba all follow vegan lifestyles. The band’s bassist, Mark Hoppus, is a vocal campaigner for animal rights and recorded a song called “Not Every Dog Goes to Heaven” in 2017. The proceeds raised were then donated to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Travis Barker, the drummer for the band, survived a horrific plane accident in 2009. He pinpoints this as the reason for turning vegan, as he made a promise to himself once he was discharged from hospital to give up meat for good.
#10 John Feldmann
Goldfinger’s frontman, John Feldmann, became a vegetarian after watching the film Babe in 1995. He became a vegan roughly five years later, while on tour in Eastern Europe and Japan.
Talking to Journey of a Frontman, Feldmann revealed the struggles he faced while being vegan on tour: “there was no soy milk in Starbucks. When we toured Japan for ten days, I only ate bananas and cashews. I couldn’t even get a drink at Starbucks unless it was black coffee.”
When asked his favourite vegan meals, the vocalist replied “I make a pretty mean taco. I make a pretty mean French toast. I make an incredible vegan shake.” Feldmann is a vocal activist for animal rights and often hands out animal rights material at his Goldfinger shows.
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#11 Jay Z
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are two of the most high profile celebrities using their platform of fame to encourage fans to adopt a plant-based diet. Jay Z is the most famous vegan rapper on the planet and says that becoming vegan is a matter of global importance.
They’re now using their influence to promote the benefits of veganism just in time for Veganuary, an annual challenge that sees many people attempting to follow a plant-based diet throughout the month of January.
#12 RZA of Wu-Tang Clan
The American rapper from Wu-Tang Clan uses the band’s music as a way to promote his ethics to his fans, including veganism. The band’s latest album “A Better Tomorrow” showcases RZA’s hope for the world to become a better place.
Talking openly about being a vegan musician to animal rights organisation PETA, RZA explains that he uses his music and status as a singer to encourage fans to follow his lead and go vegan.
The rapper decided to become vegan because he believes that it doesn’t make sense to put “dead flesh” into a “live body.”
Celebrities on a plant–based diet
A plant-based diet focuses on foods that are almost completely derived from plants. Meals are made from vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains and fruits, and animal products are mostly (or entirely) eliminated.
Increasing numbers of singers are turning plant-based and vegan and find the diet helps maintain energy on stage and while touring. These famous musicians reveal how they stick to a vegan diet as a singer:
#13 Ellie Goulding
After six years as a vegetarian, Ellie Goulding revealed she wanted to become vegan in 2018. She combines a plant-based lifestyle with running to keep fit and healthy.
Goulding revealed in an interview with LiveKindly, “If you don’t need meat to survive, I don’t see why you have to have it. Also, it makes you feel tired, it makes you feel lethargic, and your body finds it hard to process so much meat all the time.”
The acclaimed singer has healthy smoothies packed with vegetables for breakfast, adding vegan protein powder to fuel her workouts and provide energy for the day. Goulding also paired up with Jamie Oliver in 2016 to create a recipe for a Monster Vegan Burger.
Often referred to as “The Queen of Pop”, Madonna is known for her meticulous exercise regimes and healthy eating. The pop icon follows a strict, vegan macrobiotic diet according to The Cut.
It’s rumoured that Madonna has her own nutritionist and chef who go on tour with her. They prepare meals centred around organic vegetables, soy products, nuts and pulses.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Madonna’s personal trainer revealed that the star eats six small meals a day, consisting of grains, protein bars and fruits and vegetables. This boosts her metabolism and gives the singer enough energy to work out six times a week, even while touring.
Celebrity vegan activists
Veganism and animal rights activism go hand in hand. A lot of famous faces use their celebrity status to help campaign for animal rights, using their social media presence and concerts as a platform to spread awareness.
Vegan singers who are vocal animal rights activists include:
#15 Leona Lewis
Since winning the X Factor in 2006, Leona Lewis has gone on to become an actress, model, and Broadway sensation. But she’s reported to have said that she would give up all of her success and fortune tomorrow if it meant a global ban on animal testing.
The pop singer has been a vegetarian since the age of 12 and is an outspoken advocate of animal rights. In 2008, she rejected a million-pound offer to open the Harrods sale when she discovered the store still sells real fur products.
Lewis has also worked in partnership with the Body Shop and created her own line of cruelty-free beauty products. She first made the switch to veganism in 2012.
#16 Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is perhaps best known for her days as a teen idol, starring as Hannah Montana. But since then, she’s gone on to become a successful singer, actress, and an outspoken vegan singer and campaigner.
Cyrus often makes the headlines with her vegan campaigns. Since turning vegan in 2015, the 26-year-old singer has ditched her outlandish statement outfits on stage and opts for simple pieces that are free of animal products.
She regularly uses her social media to protest for animal rights among her 83 million followers. When marrying long term partner Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus even had a vegan wedding where her guests were served a plant-based buffet of vegan banana pudding and corn muffins.
#17 Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz, known for his hits “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up” follows a strict vegan diet. In 2008, he stepped up his healthy lifestyle and started an almost entirely raw food diet.
Mraz tried the raw food diet in support of his bandmate, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was advised to go raw to help his health. He then “got hooked” on the lifestyle – which centres around eating natural foods that are uncooked and unprocessed.
Speaking to the Vegetarian Times, Mraz says it’s easy to sustain a raw diet when on the road touring.
“I pack Vitamineral Green by Health-Force Nutritionals, Nutiva brand hemp protein powder and coconut oil, and fresh bee pollen, which I’ve been lucky enough to get at farmers’ markets. And I always travel with plenty of nuts.”
Sia is infamous for concealing her face from her audience. But her vegan lifestyle is something she openly celebrates, announcing she was going completely vegan in a tweet in 2014.
The Golden-Globe nominated singer starred as a celebrity narrator in the vegan documentary, Dominion, which was released last year.
She is a vocal campaigner for the welfare of animals and has also paired up with PETA to campaign for the end of animal homelessness.
Is Beyoncé a vegan?
The New York Times exclusively revealed that Beyoncé isn’t actually a vegan. The superstar’s personal trainer revealed that Beyoncé follows a plant-based diet and doesn’t eat meat on certain days of the week.