Shakira, Drake, Marilyn Manson: Discover Pop Stars’ Names Before They Were Famous (VIDEO)

What's in a name?
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Hips don't lie, but stage names don't always tell the whole story. Before she was just Shakira, the Colombian native was known as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.

On stage, Canadian rapper Aubrey Drake Graham is simply known as Drake.

Along with his signature makeup, rock star Brian Hugh Warner is commonly known for his stage name Marilyn Manson.

In the music world, it’s not uncommon for artists to perform behind stage names that have little relation to their legal monikers. Others, meanwhile, have just gone with different spellings, dropped their last (or first) names, or come up with something entirely different.

Shakira, Drake and Marilyn Manson aren’t the only celebrities who've modified their pre-fame names. Who else has a legal name you might not know about?

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, otherwise known as George Michael, wasn’t the first in his family to change names. Before Michael was born, his father moved to England and changed his name to Jack Panos.

Meanwhile Bruno Mars, also known as Peter Gene Hernandez, got his stage name at an early age.

“My dad nicknamed me ‘Bruno’ when I was two years old . . . I was this chubby kid, and at the time there was this chubby [Italian] wrestler called Bruno Sammartino! So my name has been Bruno ever since I can remember,” the singer told B&S magazine in 2010.

For more musicians who changed their names after they got famous, check out the video above.

Are you surprised by some of the pop stars’ real names? Share your thoughts below.




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  • Courtney Puzzo
    Courtney Puzzo

    there's always been stars that don't use their real names Redginald Kenneth Dwight for example is Elton John Farokh Bulsara was Freddie Mercury Nathaniel Adams Coles was Nat King Cole Ruby Catherine Stephens was Barbara Stanwyck ect

  • Janette Zimmerman
    Janette Zimmerman

    Drake was Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: TNG. The popular jock and Ashley Kerwin's boyfriend. I don't understand why more people don't point that out or talk about it more often.