A lot of times musicians change their names so it sounds better or some agent told them their real name would take them very far. Hey even in the world of radio a on-air personality changes their name. It's kind of like a split personality. I thought it would be fun to share a list of musicians and their real names. Some stay close to their given names while others go an entirely different direction.

  • Real Name: Peter Gene Hernandez

    Bruno Mars
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  • Real Name: Bret Michael Sychak

    Bret Michaels
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  • Real Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

    Katy Perry
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  • Real Name: Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel

    Seal
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  • Real Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

    Lady Gaga
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  • Real Name: Yorgos Panayiotou

    George Michael
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  • Real Name: Alecia Moore

    P!nk
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  • Real Name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

    Elton John
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  • Real Name: Audrey Faith Perry

    Faith Hill
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  • Real Name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

    Sting
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  • Real Name: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone

    Madonna
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