Best Musician Mugshots

Mick Jagger Mugshot 1967

A surprisingly great number of the best musicians have been arrested at least once. Whether the musician was charged with a minor misdemeanour or a serious felony, the outcome was always the same — it was time to grimace for the camera for the infamous mugshots.

Check out our selection of the best musician mugshots

David Bowie

Year: 1976

Location: New York

Charge: Possession of cannabis

Bowie was arrested for pot possession after a concert. He was arrested alongside Iggy Pop and two other co-defendants.

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars Mugshot 2010

Year: 2010

Location: Nevada

Charge: Felony Drug Possession

Peter Gene Hernandez, aka “Bruno Mars” was arrested in 2010 in a bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. He was in possession of 2.6g of cocaine, but under a plea deal the charges were dropped after he paid $2000, completed 200 hours community service and 8 hours of drug counselling. 

Ozzy Osbourne

Year: 1984

Location: Tennessee

Charge: Public Intoxication

The Black Sabbath front man was arrested when police found him “staggering drunk” in Memphis’ Beale Street entertainment district. The was charged with a misdemeanour public intoxication.

Phil Spector

Phil Spector mugshot 2013

Year: 2013

Location: California

Charge: Murder

The former music mogul is serving 19 years to life for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson.

Frank Sinatra

Year: 1938

Location: New Jersey

Charge: Seduction and Adultery

According to the protocol: “On the second and ninth days of November 1938 at the Borough of Lodi” and “under the promise of marriage” Sinatra “did then and there have sexual intercourse with the said complainant, who was then and there a single female of good repute.” Charges were ultimately dropped and it is reported the woman involved was already married. Yes, Sinatra really was arrested for that!

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson mugshot 2003
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept.

Year: 2003

Location: California

Charge: Child Molestation

Jackson was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy. A documentary film, Living with Michael Jackson, created a furor over the King of Pop’s conduct with under-age males at his Neverland Ranch. He stood trial for the accusations and was ultimately found not guilty in 2005.

Jimi Hendrix

Year: 1969

Location: Canada

Charge: Drug Possession

When Jimi and his band landed in Toronto, a customs official found heroin and hashish in his luggage. However, Hendrix claimed it had been planted and he was acquitted at trial.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown Mugshot 2018
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Year: 2018

Location: Florida

Charge: Felony Assault

Brown was arrested after finishing his show in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Eminem mugshot 2000

Year: 2000

Location: Michigan

Charge: Assault with a deadly weapon

The rapper was arrested for pistol whipping a man outside a bar, however following a plea deal the charge of assault with a deadly weapon was dropped and he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. He served 2 years probation.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Mugshot 2014
Miami-Dade Police Department

Year: 2014

Location: Florida

Charge: DUI and possession of marijuana and prescription drugs

Bieber and Khalil were arrested on charges of drag racing a yellow Lamborghini, driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana and prescription drugs. He later admitted to the lesser charges of resisting arrest without violence, and driving without care and attention.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger Mugshot 1967
Vintage Everyday

Year: 1967

Location: Sussex, UK

Charge: Drug Possession

Jagger was arrested in his own home for possession of amphetamine along with Keith Richards. He was convicted, but the sentence was overturned after appeal.

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur mugshot 1993

Year: 1993

Location: New York

Charge: Sexual Assault

The rapper was arrested for sexually assaulting a 19 year old woman in a nightclub. He was sentenced to 4 and a half years, but was released after serving only 9 months in Clinton Correctional Facility.

Kid Rock

Kid Rock mugshot 2007

Year: 2007

Location: Georgia

Charge: Battery

Kid Rock and his entourage were arrested in a Waffle House in Atlanta, Georgia following a brwl which saw the victim needing hospital treatment. He was released hours after the photo was taken and subsequently sentenced to attend anger management therapy.

50 Cent

50 Cent mugshot 1994

Year: 1994

Location: New York

Charge: Felony Drug

Known as ‘Curtis Jackson’, 50 Cent was only 19 when he served time in a New York State Department of Correctional Services shock incarceration program. He admitted felony charges for dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

P. Diddy

Year: 1999

Location: New York

Charge: Possession of a firearm

Diddy was arrested and charged for possession of a firearm following a shooting in a Manhattan nightclub. He was subsequently acquitted of all charges.

There you have it! The best musician mugshots we could find!

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