Oh Na Na, What’s My Name? 100 Musicians Who Aren’t Who You Think They Are

You wouldn't believe which artists actually use stage names instead of their real names. Here is a look at 100 of them.
  • 1

    The World Knows Him As: 50 Cent

    Birth Name: Curtis James Jackson III

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  • 2

    The World Knows Him As: Akon

    Birth Name: Aliaune Damala Badara Thai

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  • 3

    What The World Knows Him As: Alex Lifeson

    Birth Name: Aleksandar Zivojinovic

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  • 4

    The World Knows Him As: Alice Cooper

    Birth Name: Vincent Damon Furnier

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  • 5

    The World Knows Him As: A$AP Rocky

    Birth Name: Rakim Mayers

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  • 6

    The World Knows Him As: Andre 3000

    Birth Name: Andre Lauren Benjamin

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  • 7

    The World Knows Her As: Avery*Sunshine

    Birth Name: Denise Nicole White

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  • 8

    The World Knows Him As: Avicii

    Birth Name: Tim Bergling

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  • 9

    The World Knows Him As: Axl Rose

    Birth Name: William Bruce Rose, Jr.

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  • 10

    The World Knows Her As: Billie Holiday

    Birth Name: Eleanora Fagan

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  • 11

    The World Knows Him As: Bo Diddley

    Birth Name: Otha Elias Bates McDaniel

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  • 12

    The World Knows Him As: Bob Dylan

    Birth Name: Robert Allen Zimmerman

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  • 13

    The World Knows Him As: Bono

    Birth Name: Paul David Hewson

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  • 14

    The World Knows Him As: Bruno Mars

    Birth Name: Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez

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  • 15

    The World Knows Him As: Busta Rhymes

    Birth Name: Trevor Taheim Smith

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  • 16

    The World Knows Him As: Calvin Harris

    Birth Name: Adam Richard Wiles

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  • 17

    The World Knows Him As: CeeLo Green

    Birth Name: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway

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  • 18

    The World Knows Her As: Charli XCX

    Birth Name: Charlotte Emma Aitchison

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  • 19

    The World Knows Him As: Childish Gambino

    Birth Name: Donald McKinley Glover

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  • 20

    The World Knows Him As: Common

    Birth Name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

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  • 21

    The World Knows Him As: Coolio

    Birth Name: Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.

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  • 22

    The World Knows Him As: David Bowie

    Birth Name: David Robert Jones

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  • 23

    The World Knows Him As: Dee Dee Ramone

    Birth Name: Douglas Glenn Colvin

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  • 24

    The World Knows Her As: Dido

    Birth Name: Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong

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  • 25

    The World Knows Him As: Diplo

    Birth Name: Thomas Wesley Pentz

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  • 26

    The World Knows Him As: DMX

    Birth Name: Earl Simmons

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  • 27

    The World Knows Him As: Drake

    Birth Name: Aubrey Drake Graham

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  • 28

    The World Knows Him As: Elton John

    Birth Name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

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  • 29

    The World Knows Him As: Elvis Costello

    Birth Name: Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus

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  • 30

    The World Knows Him As: Eminem

    Birth Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III

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  • 31

    The World Knows Him As: Eric Carr

    Birth Name: Paul Charles Caravello

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  • 32

    The World Knows Her As: Fergie

    Birth Name: Stacy Ferguson

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  • 33

    The World Knows Him As: Flea

    Birth Name: Michael Peter Balzary

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  • 34

    The World Knows Him As: Flo Rida

    Birth Name: Tramar Dillard

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  • 35

    The World Knows Him As: Frank Ocean

    Birth Name: Chistopher Breaux

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  • 36

    The World Knows Him As: Geddy Lee

    Birth Name: Gary Lee Weinrib

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  • 37

    The World Knows Him As: Geezer Butler

    Birth Name: Terence Michael Joseph Butler

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  • 38

    The World Knows Him As: Gene Simmons

    Birth Name: Chaim Weitz

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  • 39

    The World Knows Him As: George Michael

    Birth Name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou

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    The World Knows Him As: Glenn Danzig

    Birth Name: Glenn Allen Anzalone

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  • 41

    The World Knows Him As: Gotye

    Birth Name: Wouter De Backer

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  • 42

    The World Knows Him As: Ice Cube

    Birth Name: O’Shea Jackson

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  • 43

    The World Knows Him As: Ice-T

    Birth Name: Tracy Marrow

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  • 44

    The World Knows Her As: Iggy Azalea

    Birth Name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly

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  • 45

    The World Knows Him As: Iggy Pop

    Birth Name: James Newell Osterberg, Jr.

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  • 46

    The World Knows Him As: Izzy Stradlin

    Birth Name: Jeffrey Dean Isbell

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  • 47

    The World Knows Him As: Jason Derulo

    Birth Name: Jason Joel Desrouleaux

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  • 48

    The World Knows Him As: Jay-Z

    Birth Name: Shawn Corey Carter

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  • 49

    The World Knows Her As: Joan Jett

    Birth Name: Joan Marie Larkin

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  • 50

    The World Knows Him As: Joey Ramone

    Birth Name: Jeffrey Ross Hyman

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  • 51

    The World Knows Him As: John Legend

    Birth Name: John Stephens

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  • 52

    The World Knows Him As: John Paul Jones

    Birth Name: John Baldwin

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  • 53

    The World Knows Her As: Katy Perry

    Birth Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

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  • 54

    The World Knows Him As: Kid Cudi

    Birth Name: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi

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  • 55

    The World Knows Him As: Kid Rock

    Birth Name: Robert James Ritchie

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  • 56

    The World Knows Her As: Lady Gaga

    Birth Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

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  • 57

    The World Knows Her As: Lana Del Rey

    Birth Name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

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  • 58

    The World Knows Him As: LL Cool J

    Birth Name: James Todd Smith

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  • 59

    The World Knows Her As: Lorde

    Birth Name: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor

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  • 60

    The World Knows Him As: Ludacris

    Birth Name: Christopher Brian Bridges

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  • 61

    The World Knows Him As: Lupe Fiasco

    Birth Name: Wasalu Muhammad Jaco

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  • 62

    The World Knows Him As: Macklemore

    Birth Name: Ben Haggerty

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  • 63

    The World Knows Her As: Macy Gray

    Birth Name: Natalie Renee Mcintyre

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  • 64

    The World Knows Him As: Marilyn Manson

    Birth Name: Brian Hugh Warner

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  • 65

    The World Knows Him As: Matisyahu

    Birth Name: Matthew Paul Miller

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  • 66

    The World Knows Him As: MC Hammer

    Birth Name: Stanley Kirk Burrell

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  • 67

    The World Knows Him As: Meat Loaf

    Birth Name: Marvin Lee Aday

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  • 68

    The World Knows Him As: Mick Mars

    Birth Name: Robert Alan Deal

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  • 69

    The World Knows Her As: Miley Cyrus

    Birth Name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

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  • 70

    The World Knows Him As: Moby

    Birth Name: Richard Melville Hall

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  • 71

    The World Knows Him As: Ne-Yo

    Birth Name: Shaffer Chimere Smith

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  • 72

    The World Knows Her As: Nicki Minaj

    Birth Name: Onika Tanya Maraj

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  • 73

    The World Knows Him As: Nikki Sixx

    Birth Name: Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.

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  • 74

    The World Knows Him As: Ozzy Osbourne

    Birth Name: John Michael Osbourne

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  • 75

    The World Knows Him As: P. Diddy

    Birth Name: Sean John Combs

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  • 76

    The World Knows Him As: Paul Stanley

    Birth Name: Stanley Bert Eisen

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  • 77

    The World Knows Him As: Perry Farrell

    Birth Name: Perry Bernstein

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  • 78

    The World Knows Him As: Peter Criss

    Birth Name: George Peter John Criscuola

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  • 79

    The World Knows Her As: Pink

    Birth Name: Alecia Beth Moore

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  • 80

    The World Knows Him As: Pitbull

    Birth Name: Armando Christian Perez

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  • 81

    The World Knows Him As: Questlove

    Birth Name: Ahmir Khalib Thompson

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  • 82

    The World Knows Him As: Rick Ross

    Birth Name: William Leonard Roberts II

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  • 83

    The World Knows Her As: Rihanna

    Birth Name: Robyn Fenty

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  • 84

    The World Knows Him As: Ringo Starr

    Birth Name: Richard Starkey

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  • 85

    The World Knows Her As: Sade

    Birth Name: Helen Folasade Folusade

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  • 86

    The World Knows Him As: Sean Kingston

    Birth Name: Kisean Jamal Anderson

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  • 87

    The World Knows Him As: Sid Vicious

    Birth Name: John Simon Ritchie

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  • 88

    The World Knows Him As: Skrillex

    Birth Name: Sonny John Moore

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  • 89

    The World Knows Him As: Slash

    Birth Name: Saul Hudson

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  • 90

    The World Knows Him As: Soulja Boy

    Birth Name: DeAndre Cortez Way

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  • 91

    The World Knows Him As: Steven Tyler

    Birth Name: Steven Victor Tallarico

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  • 92

    The World Knows Him As: Stevie Wonder

    Birth Name: Stevland Hardaway Judkins

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  • 93

    The World Knows Him As: Sting

    Birth Name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

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  • 94

    The World Knows Him As: The Game

    Birth Name: Jayceon Terrell Taylor

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  • 95

    The World Knows Him As: T.I.

    Birth Name: Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.

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  • 96

    The World Knows Her As: Tori Amos

    Birth Name: Myra Ellen Amos

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  • 97

    The World Knows Her As: Tove Lo

    Birth Name: Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson

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  • 98

    The World Knows Him As: Trey Songz

    Birth Name: Tremaine Aldon Neverson

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  • 99

    The World Knows Him As: Waka Flocka Flame

    Birth Name: Juaquin Malphurs

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  • 100

    The World Knows Him As: Wiz Khalifa

    Birth Name: Cameron Jibril Thomaz

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It’s no surprise that some stars are better known to the world by their stage names. But you’ll be amazed at just how many music artists aren’t who you think they are! There sure are a lot of “Hannah Montana’s” out there. Heck, even Hannah Montana’s “real” name isn’t her real name. That’s right: Miley Cyrus is not her birth name. Mind blown.

Some music industry monikers just scream stage name, like Lady Gaga, P!nk, and Busta Rhymes. But who knew that John Legend, Bob Dylan, and Calvin Harris all use fake names?

Does the name Tim Bergling mean anything to you? How about Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez? Would you call us crazy if we told you that you loved to listen to Amethyst Amelia Kelly? Those are three of the most recognizable musicians on the scene right now!

Check out the gallery and see who else you don’t really know.

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