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10 Musicians Who Have Been Lying About Their Names This Whole Time

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Tamara Rules

While it may be common to not go by the name you were given when you were born, stage names for celebrities is a regular practice. While some celebrity names you can guess not be to be on their birth certificate, others may surprise you.

From pop queens, to rock and roll legends and country-music superstars, see how many on the list you knew about! There's one at the end, I bet you won't be able to guess.

Katy Perry - Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

She changed her name to avoid being confused with the actress Kate Hudson. She originally released a Christian Rock album in 2001 under the name Katy Hudson, but that was before she was famous.

Jay Z - Shawn Corey Carter

Known as Jazzy around his childhood neighborhood nickname in Brooklyn, New York he took on the stage name of Jay-Z to pay homage to his mentor Jaz-O.

Miley Cyrus - Destiny Hope Cyrus

Destiny Hope Cyrus is no more. At 15 years-old she legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus. The Hannah Montana star had been called Miley by her father since she was a baby, when he realized the little girl smiled all the time.  

Bono - Paul David Hewson

When he was a young teen in Dublin, Paul Hewson's buddies started calling him Bono Vox after the neighborhood hearing-aid store. Bonovox is latin for the term good voice, so he has been known as Bono ever since.

Faith Hill - Audrey Faith Perry

Born Audrey Faith Perry in Jackson, Mississippi, she married music publishing executive David Hill in 1988. Her career took off after that she never changed her name back after their divorce.

Continue to the next page to find out which famous country artist doesn't go by her real name.

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