REVEALED: real names of the rich and famous

Some famous people have great names. Bob Dylan, for example. The name just oozes superiority, class, and wisdom. Mick Jagger insinuates rock and roll. Rihanna, well, we all know what she exudes. But it’s an often-overlooked fact that many of these jazzy titles are NOT the artists’ real names...

So we had a delve into it and found the Top 10 more interesting stage names on the block. Some of these are absolute plain-Jane corkers (hello, Ludacris).

1. Robert Allen Zimmerman (Bob Dylan)


2. Ella Marija Lani Yelicj-O’Connor (Lorde)


3. Eric Bishop (Jamie Foxx)


4. Paul Hewson (Bono)


5. Christopher Brian Brides (Ludacris)


6. Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (Lana Del Ray)


7. Cordozar Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg)


8. Stefani Joanna Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga)


9. Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones (Nas)


10. Gordon Sumner (Sting)



Perhaps most surprisingly of all is that Prince’s real name is, er, Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson in fact. He hasn’t been playing us at all.

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