Mundane Real Names of Extraordinary Musicians
26th June, 2020
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Most of the biggest artists the world has seen are known only by their stage names. Curious what their real names are? You’ll be surprised to find out! We all remember David Bowie’s alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. But did you know that his birth name was David Robert Jones? Pretty ordinary, huh? Legendary Beatles Ringo Starr’s real name is Richard Starkey. But such mundane names really don’t stick, especially for ultra-famous superstars. Some of the biggest performers have changed their real names to keep up with their starry personality, while some did it to be more relatable to their fans. Check out some of the really mundane names behind some of your favorite performers!
50 Cent en.wikipedia.org
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50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III chose his stage name after Kelvin Martin, the 1980s Brooklyn robber originally known as 50 Cent. According to Jackson, his life is similar to that of Kurtis. And that’s why he decided to take on this moniker as a member of G-Unit. In high school, the rap artist competed in the Junior Olympics as an amateur boxer.
Childish Gambino en.wikipedia.org
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Childish Gambino
Donald Glover sent everyone in a frenzy with his billboard-smashing This Is America under the stage name Childish Gambino. The story behind how he got this name is as weird as the name is. Apparently, Glover created his stage name from a Wu-Tang name generator that he found online. He has another alias under which he’s a producer/DJ: mcDJ.
Fergie en.wikipedia.org
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Fergie
The Fergalicious and Glamourous artist started out her career as an actor. She took up lots of commercials before being part of the TV show Kids Incorporated. Known originally as Stacy Ann Ferguson, she stuck to the show for as long as six seasons. She quit the show and started out on her glittery musical career as Fergie.
Flo Rida en.wikipedia.org
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Flo Rida
When he was 17, Tramar Lacel Dillard aspired to be MC. The rapper, singer, songwriter was born in Carol City, Florida. During his stint as an MC, he took up his stage name Flo Rida; inspired by the place he grew up in. The Club Can’t Handle Me star was before known as Ruckus Pimp. How glad are we he didn’t stick to this stage name? Very glad!
Jay-Z en.wikipedia.org
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Jay-Z
We know him as S. Carter, Jigga, Hova, J-Hova, Hov, and Young Hov. But the Empire State of Mind and APES**T rapper’s actual name is Shawn Corey Carter. His legendary stage name is a shortened form of his childhood nickname “Jazzy.” The name is also inspired by his musical mentor and the subway lines that stop at Jay-Z’s childhood home.
Lil Wayne en.wikipedia.org
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Lil Wayne
Born as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., the superstar rap artist was lovingly called Lil Dwayne by his father. He removed the "D" and went with the stage name Lil Wayne. The tattoo enthusiast artist who gave us smashing hits like Knockout and A Milli grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his career pretty young with Cash Money Records.
Pink en.wikipedia.org
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Pink
While she made her debut in 2000 with her first solo album “Can’t Take Me Home,” Pink once was working at McDonald’s as a drive-through girl. The powerful vocalist was born as Alecia Beth Moore. Her stage name Pink had been her nickname for a long time before she became famous. Apparently, the name was inspired by the character of Mr. Pink from Quentin Tarantino’s classic Reservoir Dogs.
Rihanna en.wikipedia.org
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Rihanna
The head-honcho of Fenty Beauty burst into the pop scene with the immensely hummable Umbrella. This song gave the singer her very first Grammy. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, she signed with Def Jam Records when she was 16 years old. Later, she released her first album Music of the Sun in 2005. Fun fact: her middle name, which became her stage name, is Arabic for “sweet basil.”
Sting en.wikipedia.org
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Sting
The Desert Rose singer was born as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner. But that obviously doesn’t spark excitement the way Sting does. But how did he pick up this odd stage name? Gordon once played a local gig for jazz band Phoenix Jazzmen dressed in a sweater with black-and-yellow stripes. The name Sting roots from this bee reference, which stuck throughout his career.
will.i.am en.wikipedia.org
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will.i.am
William James Adams took on the moniker will.i.am we all know and love. Popularly known as a former Black Eyed Peas member, this multi-talented artist and activist brilliantly reflects his background in fashion design in each of his music videos and interviews. His recent interests have been in merging art and technology by supporting the youth and facilitating their dreams.