It’s no secret that the name matters. In 2002, fans around the world wouldn’t have chanted Elmer Figueroa’s name with the same force as Chayanne’s when the Puerto Rican artist took to the dance floor with his Bullfighter. It doesn’t have a lot of grip either. Miguel Conejo as Leiva nobody knows Farrokh Bulsara, the man behind the iconic Freddie Mercury.

All of these artists, like many before them, used marketing to find a name they felt comfortable with. They had to find one that was able to transmit all the strength with which they would later take to the stage, that would show their personality and, above all, that would be very easy for their fans to sing. Because who was going to memorize the name of María Milagros Fajardo before that of Gloria Estefan? They don’t have the same hook and that matters a lot in the music industry.

For this reason, artists both past and present have always tended to look for a nickname that improves on the one given to them at the time of their birth. But Can you tell the difference between those who changed their name and those who chose to keep the one their mothers gave them?

Here we leave you a list with those who chose to give themselves a stage name to help boost their career and another with those who chose to keep their identity cachet because it was already striking enough to propel them to stardom. .

Artists who have given themselves a stage name

  1. Freddie Mercury era Farrokh Bulsara
  2. Barry White era Barry Eugene Carter
  3. Axl Rose and William Bruce Rose Jr.
  4. Elton John and Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  5. Ozzy Osbourne as John Michael Osbourne
  6. Bob Dylan’s Robert Allen Zimmeman
  7. Iggy Pop and James Newell Osterberg Jr.
  8. David Bowie era David Robert Jones
  9. Marilyn Manson and Briah Hugh Wamer
  10. Sid Vicious era Simon John Ritchie
  11. Tina Turner and Anna Mae Bullock
  12. The Fary was José Luis Cantero Rada
  13. Frank Sinatra was Francis Albert Sinatra
  14. Mick Jagger is Michael Philip Jagger
  15. Calvin Harris and Adam Richard Wiles
  16. Bruno Mars is Peter Gene Hernandez
  17. Eminem is Marshall Bruce Mathers
  18. Raphael is Miguel Rafael Martos
  19. Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Gemanotta
  20. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye from The Weeknd
  21. George Michael and Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
  22. Stevie Wonder and Steveland Hardaway Morris
  23. Sting is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
  24. Bonus is Paul David Hewson
  25. Ricky Martin is Enrique Jose Martin Morales
  26. Lana Del Rey is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
  27. Zayn Malik is Zain Javadd Malik
  28. Demi Lovato as Demetria Devonne Lovato
  29. Ed Sheeran is Edward Christopher Sheeran
  30. Jason Derulo and Joel Desrouleaux
  31. Frank Ocean and Christopher Edwin Cooksey
  32. Elvis Costelo as Declan Patrick MacManus
  33. Katy Perry and Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
  34. Marc Anthony is Marco Antonio Muniz Ruiz Rivera
  35. Gloria Estefan as Maria Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
  36. Celia Cruz as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad
  37. Camilo Sesto was Camilo Blanes Cortes
  38. Chayanne is Elmer Figueroa
  39. Alaska is Maria Olvido Gara
  40. Marisol is Pepa Flores
  41. Karina is Mª Isabel Llaudés Santiago
  42. Sara Montiel was Mª Antonia Abad Fernández
  43. Ana Belén is Mª del Pilar Cuesta Acosta
  44. David Demaría is David Jiménez Piteno
  45. The Koala is Manuel Jesús Rodríguez Rodríguez
  46. Pablo Alborán is Pablo Moreno from Alborán Ferrándiz
  47. Pastora Soler is Pilar Sanchez Luque
  48. Chenoa is Mª Laura Corradini
  49. Leiva is Miguel Conejo Torres
  50. The beret is Francisco Javier Álvarez Beret
  51. King Africa and Alan Duffy
  52. Cali and Dandee are Mauricio and Alejandro Rengifo
  53. Pitbull is Armando Christian Lopez
  54. Don Omar as William Omar Ladrón Rivera
  55. Joaquin Sabina is Joaquin Ramon Martinez Sabina
  56. Nathy Peluso as Natalia Beatriz Dora Peluso
  57. Maluma is Juan Luis Londoño Arias
  58. J. Balvin is José Alvaro Osorio Balvin
  59. C. Tangana is Antón Álvarez Alfaro
  60. Young beef is Fernando Gálvez Gómez
  61. Lola Indigo is Miriam Doblas
  62. Melendi is Ramon Melendi Espina
  63. Miguel Bosé is Miguel Luchino González Bosé
  64. Anitta is Larissa Machado from Macedo
  65. Nicky Jam is Nick Rivera Caminero
  66. Jona Blue is Guy James Robin
  67. Bad Bunny is Benito Antonio Martinez Used
  68. Daddy Yankee is Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez
  69. Jessie J is Jessica Ellen Cornish
  70. Juan Magán is Juan Manuel Magán González
  71. Nicki Minaj and Onika Tanya Maraj
  72. Bizarrap is Gonzalo Julian Conde
  73. Miley Cyrus is Destiny Hope Cyrus
  74. Sofia Reyes as Ursula Sofia Reyes Piñeyro
  75. Anuel AA is Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago
  76. Karol G is Carolina Giraldo Navarro
  77. Becky G and Rebecca Marie Gomez
  78. Myke Towers and Michael Anthony Torres Monge
  79. Bad Gyal is Alba Farelo
  80. Jason Derulo and Jason Joel Desrouleax
  81. Juanes is Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vázquez
  82. My Nina is Jorgelina Andrea
  83. Natti Natasha as Natalia Alexandra Gutierrez Batista
  84. Sebastián Yatra is Sebastián Obando Giraldo
  85. Kali Uchis and Karly Leidys Marina Loaiza
  86. Wisin and Yandel are Juan Luis Morera Luna and Llandel Veguilla Malavé
  87. Danny Ocean is Daniel Alejandro Morales Reyes
  88. Ptazeta is Zuleima González González
  89. Walls is Ginés Paredes Giménez
  90. Jhay Cortez as Jesus Manuel Nieves Cortez
  91. Slash is Saul Hudson
  92. Dear es Cherilyn Sarkisian
  93. Rose and Alecia Beth Moore
  94. Malú is María Lucía Sánchez Benítez
  95. Sergio Dalma is Josep Sergi Capdevila
  96. Camila Cabello as Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao
  97. El Guincho is Pablo Diaz-Reixa
  98. Xuso Jones as Jesus Segovia Perez
  99. Arkano is Guillermo Rodriguez Godinez
  100. Rigoberta Bandini is Paula Ribó
  101. Alizz is Cristian Quirante Catalan
  102. Tupac Lesane Parish Crooks era
  103. The Notorious Big Era Christopher George Latore Wallace
  104. Kase O is Javier Ibarra Ramos
  105. Lil Nas X and Montero Lamar Hill
  106. Mala Rodriguez is Maria Rodriguez Garrido
  107. The resident is René Pérez
  108. Rayden is David Martinez Alvarez
  109. Duki is Mauro Ezequiel Lombardo Quiroga
  110. Vicco is Victoria Ribo
  111. Feid is Solomon Villada Hoyos
  112. Tini is Martina Stoessel Muzlera
  113. Sebastián Yatra is Sebastián Obando Giraldo
  114. Nicki Minaj and Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty
  115. Halsey and Ashley Nicolette Frangipane
  116. The pole is Andrés López Lancha
  117. Cruz Cafuné is Carlos Bruna Zamorin
  118. Evaluna Montaner is Evaluna Mercedes Reglero Rodríguez
  119. SZA and Solana Imani Rowe
  120. Jonas Blue and Guy James Robin
  121. The melody is Melodia Ruiz Gutiérrez

Artists with curious names who actually call themselves that

  1. Tokischa is a real name. Its full name is Tokischa Altagracia Peralta.
  2. Quevedo is the second surname of Pedro Luis Domínguez Quevedo.
  3. Dua Lipa is a real name. Dua is his first name and Lipa is his paternal surname.
  4. Shakira is a real name. Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
  5. Rosalía is the real name of Rosalía Vila
  6. Harry Styles and Harry Edward Styles
  7. Taylor Swift and Taylor Alison Swift
  8. Rozalén is María de los Ángeles Rozalén Ortuño
  9. Rihanna and Robyn Rihanna
  10. Yandel is Llandel Veguilla Malavé
  11. Ozuna is Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado
  12. Beyoncé and Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter
  13. Paulina Rubio is Paulina Susana Rubio Rue Riestra
  14. Madonna is Madonna Louise Ciccone
  15. Zzoilo is Zoilo Tuñón Rosa
  16. Danna Paola is Danna Paola Rivera Munguía
  17. Doja Cat is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini
  18. Chanel is Chanel Terrero
  19. The white dove is the white dove
  20. Rocío Jurado is María del Rocío Mohedano Jurado
  21. Britney Spears is Britney Jean Spears
  22. Zahara is Maria Zahara Campos
  23. The beret is Francisco Javier Álvarez Beret
  24. Gayle is Taylor Gayle Rutherfurd
  25. J Balvin is Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin
  26. Camila Cabello as Karla Camila Cabello Estrabado
  27. Avril Lavigne and Avril Ramona Lavigne
  28. The Kurt Cobain Era Kurt Donad Cobain
  29. Thalia is Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda
  30. Don Patricio is Patricio Martin
  31. Agoney is Agoney Hernandez Morales

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