I had a discussion with my friends about the most important elements of an artist. The scenic image, the song it sings, the voice or the name it has? what is most important, or what makes you become a fan of someone?
Here is a quote that will help us bring light to this subject, written by Billie Holiday: “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” So the most important thing in an artist is his identity, the whole amount of things that make him unique.
And one of these is the name of the interpreter. Today we offer you a list of musicians who have changed their stage name and which was the reason for this change.
1.Drake / Aubrey Drake Graham
You may or may not know Drake played wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi. He went by Aubrey Graham back then. When he left Toronto and focused on rapping in 2009 he dropped the first and last name – just for Drake.
2. Lady Gaga / Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Back in the October 2013 issue of Elle magazine , Gaga said she changed her name because Stefani was “a perpetually tortured artist” who could not be in public. It’s more likely it’s easier to say…
3. Nicki Minaj / Onika Tanya Maraj
Nicki doesn’t even like her stage name.
“Somebody changed my name,” Minaj said . “One of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be ‘Minaj’ and I fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me. I’ve always hated it.”
Apparently Minaj grew up with a few nicknames, Nicki and Cooky being two of them.
4. Miley Cyrus / Destiny Hope Cyrus
Miley is actually a version of a nickname her father gave her. When younger Billy Ray used to call her smiley – this became shortened to Miley, which she now goes by. She legally changed her name in 2008.
5. Katy Perry / Kathryn Hudson
Katy Perry used to sing Christian music under her name, Kathryn Hudson. She released a Gospel record Katy Hudson under her Red Hill Records, before taking her mother’s maiden name to avoid being confused with Kate Hudson – the famous actress.
6. Lorde / Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor
It’s maybe a little easier to see why Lorde changed names. The Grammy winner has explained before how she chose Lorde. “I thought ‘Lord’ was super rad, but really masculine — ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy,” Lorde told Interview magazine . “So to make ‘Lord’ more feminine, I just put an ‘e’ on the end! Some people think it’s religious, but it’s not.”
7. Stevie Wonder / Stevland Hardaway Judkins
Motown Records boss Berry Gordy renamed the singer Little Stevie Wonder. Stevie later dropped the “Little” part as he got older, but he still sounds cool.
8. Lana Del Rey / Elizabeth Grant
Elizabeth Grant has one album under her belt – a failed one. She picked herself back up and renamed herself. Del Rey has given more than one version of the story.
The first – it was created by a group of managers and lawyers. The second – she wanted a name that had a Spanish feel to it because she was performing in Miami a lot.
These were our discoveries today, tell us which is your favorite artist and what you think is his positive quality.