Vegetarian Musicians Who Famously Avoid Meat

Whether you’re entertaining the idea of going vegetarian, just beginning your journey, or looking for inspiration, there’s plenty of artists in the music world that have made the decision to go meat-free.

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From Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Country, and everything in between, here’s a look at some of the most famous musicians who have kept a vegetarian diet.

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Shania Twain

Twain is a devout vegetarian maintaining a plant-based diet also including cheese and dairy.

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Joan Jett

Jett has been a long-time vegetarian making the decision to go meat free in the 80’s. She continues to advocate for animal rights to this day.

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Jerry Garcia

Garcia became a vegetarian after encountering health issues and maintained the diet until he passed away in 1995.

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Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin announced his decision to go vegetarian back in 2013. He’s fully embraced the diet with spiced mango chutney as one of his staple dishes.

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Kesha maintains a vegetarian diet and frequently advocates for animal rights.

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Michael Jackson

Jackson kept a strict vegetarian diet with his former chef saying spicy smoked red chile enchiladas and grilled tofu shish kebabs with couscous and Moroccan sauce were among the pop star’s favorite dishes.

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The Wu-Tang Clan cofounder currently maintains a vegan diet, but began keeping a vegetarian diet back in 1995.

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RZA’s Wu-Tang Clan compatriot has kept a vegetarian diet since the mid-90’s and admits he hasn’t eaten pork since he was eleven.

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Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al stopped eating meat in the early 1990’s. He’ll try to keep a vegan diet, but admits to snagging a slice of cheese pizza if it’s on the tour bus.

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Thom Yorke

The Radiohead frontman is a long-time vegetarian having been meat-free since the 90’s.

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Carrie Underwood

Underwood keeps a mostly vegan diet these days, but went vegetarian at the age of thirteen and decided to stop eating meat. She was named the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” by PETA in 2005 and 2007.

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George Harrison

Harrison became a vegetarian in the late 1960’s once saying “the thing that repelled me about eating meat was the idea of killing animals. But the main issue is that meat-eating is not healthy and it’s not natural.”

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Rivers Cuomo

The Weezer frontman was raised a vegetarian and has kept the diet for most of his life.

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John Coltrane

The legendary jazz saxophonist kept a vegetarian diet. Ravi Shankar once described his surprise when meeting Coltrane that he was vegetarian and practiced yoga.

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Joan Armatrading

The British singer-songwriter notoriously keeps her public and private life separate, but has revealed her preference to keeping a vegetarian diet.

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Paul McCartney

McCartney and his wife Linda were vegetarians for most of their 29-year marriage. The couple made the decision to go meat-free when Paul saw lambs in a field as they were eating a meal of lamb.

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