Musicians, Their Surprising Real Names & The Stories Behind Their Stage Names

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What are the real names of some of the hottest artist in music right now? Here are the real names of the artists (including some you didn’t even realize had stage names) and the reasons behind the name switches:

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Iggy Azalea

Real name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly

Iggy told Idolator.com: “Iggy is the name of my old dog. I had a name plate necklace that I used to wear which read “Iggy.” People I’d meet assumed it was my name and started calling me that. Azalea is the street I grew up on – I’m from Azalea Street. My family still lives there to this day.” So basically, she took her stage name from the old “What’s your porn star name” game.

Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Delta Air Lines Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Delta Air Lines

Lorde

Real name: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor

She told Vulture: “When I was…

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