16 celebrities who changed their stage names

Me, the fool who still called him P. Diddy: 🤯.

Many famous people choose a stage name to stand out. Sometimes, however, one name change is not enough and they baptize themselves with a new name.

Here are 16 celebrities who have changed stage names:


BTS member Kim Namjoon’s original stage name was Rap Monster, but he officially changed it to simply RM in 2017.

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He decided change his name because he felt that Rap Monster no longer reflected the kind of music he wanted to create in the future.


Emily Stone had to choose a stage name because another SAG member was already registered to her name. At first she chose Riley, but later changed him to Emma Stone.

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She chose a stage name similar to her real name because she had trouble reacting to “Riley” on set Malcolm in the spotlight


Before Jermaine Cole became J. Cole, he rapped under the pseudonym Therapist.

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One of his music mentors stumbled upon the name while looking through a dictionary for inspiration.

Cole said MTV“A few years later, I realized that Therapist sounded like a wrestler’s name … J. Cole seemed like my real name. It was very natural.


At the beginning of his musical career, David Jones was named Davy Jones, but since the Monkees’ Davy Jones became famous first, he decided to choose Tom Jones. However, this stage name was already in use, so he settled on David Bowie.

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The name of his iconic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, was inspired on “American Street Culture.”


Kesha Sebert, who had previously styled her mononym Ke $ ha, removed the dollar sign when “letting go [her] facade about being a girl who doesn’t care” after entering rehab for an eating disorder.

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She said Refinery29“My facade had to be strong, and I realized that this is complete nonsense. I took out the $ because I realized it was part of the facade. a life.”


Shad Moss rose to fame as Lil Bow Wow, ditched Lil in 2002 and then moved to the professional use of his official name in 2014.

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He felt that Bow Wow’s name no longer reflected the personality he was.


In 2020, Nicholas Leanos officially changed his stage name from Lil Xan to Diego, which is his official middle name.

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On the Instagram, he said: “Leaving the old in the past … I restart and reinvent myself!”


Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. debuted like Snoop Doggy Dogg in the early 90s, shortened his name to Snoop Dogg when he joined a new record label in 1998, and became Snoop Lion from 2012 to 2013.

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Snoop Lion’s change happened after his transformation to Rastafarianism.


When he first started performing at open mic nights, Eric Bishop signed up to “unisex names” such as Tracey Brown, Stacy Green, and eventually Jamie Foxx.

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He’s stuck with Jamie Foxx after a performance that earned applause.


Elizabeth Grant created music under the name Mei jailer from 2005 to 2007, released her debut album under the name Lizzy Grant in 2008 and renamed herself Lana Del Rey in 2011.

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She said fashion, “I wanted a name that I could influence in music. At that time, I traveled to Miami quite often, spoke a lot in Spanish with my friends from Cuba – Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamor of the coast. gorgeous, off the tip of the tongue. “


Prince Rogers Nelson abandoned his famous mononym “Prince” in favor of an unpronounceable “symbol of love” in 1993.

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The artist, formerly known as Prince, created the character to rebel against his Warner Bros. record label, who wanted him to stick to a strict production schedule rather than releasing new music as soon as it was ready.

V Press release, he said, “The company owns the Prince name and all related music sold under Prince. I became just a pawn used to make more money for Warner Bros. “

He reverted to the name Prince after the expiration of his contract with Warner Bros. in 2000.


Stephen Georgiou performed under the name Cat Stevens until 1977, when he converted to Islam and changed his official and professional name to Yusuf Islam.

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He also passed Yousef and Yusuf / Kat Stevens professionally.


Talia Barnett originally bore the childhood nickname Twigs. However, at the direction of another artist, already known as Twigs, she changed her name to FKA Twigs – formerly known as Twigs.

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Her nickname was inspired her constantly crunchy joints.


Dante Smith rose to fame as Mos Def, but changed his name to Yasiin Bey in 2012.

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He said GQ, “I began to fear that Mos Def was treated as a product and not a person, so I have been visiting Yasiin since 99. At first, only for friends and family, and now I openly declare it.”


As a member of BTS, Min Yoongi is known as Suga, but for his solo work, he took the name Agust D.

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The new name was partially inspired his hometown is Daegu, also called D Town.


And finally, Sean Combs changed several stage names during his career. He was Puffy in 1995, Puff Daddy from 1996 to 2001, P. Diddy from 2001 to 2005, Diddy from 2005 to 2017 (although he still released music as P. Diddy due to legal issues) and Love / Brother Love since 2017.

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He is legally changed his middle name is from John to Love in 2021.

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