I Can’t Look At These 32 Celebs The Same Way Again After Learning How They Got Their Stage Names

    I never knew some of these names were fake...

    Not every celeb is born with a name they want to see in lights, so they often choose a stage name to help them stand out. The reasoning behind the names they choose can range from sweetly sentimental to absolutely wild.

    Here are the interesting stories behind 32 celebrity stage names:

    1. Post Malone put his real name into a random rap-name generator when he was 14, and he has stuck with the results ever since.

    The rapper in a checkered jacket

    2. Doja Cat named herself after two things she loves — weed (aka doja) and cats.

    The rapper smiling and holding a pink microphone

    3. Brie Larson shortened her first name from "Brianne" and then chose "Larson" after her favorite American Girl doll growing up: Kirsten Larson.

    "Captain Marvel" actor in a multicolored gown

    4. Michael Keaton chose "Keaton" at random from a list of "K" names because the Michael Douglas was already registered with the union under his name.

    "Batman" actor on the red carpet

    5. Diane Keaton was also required to register under a stage name to prevent confusion with another actor, so she decided to go by her mother's maiden name.

    "And So it Goes" actor on the red carpet

    6. Initially, Alicia Keys wanted to go by "Alicia Wilde," but her mother put a stop to that and helped her decide on "Keys" (like a piano) instead.

    The singer standing at a piano

    7. The Weeknd took the final "e" out of his name because of copyright issues with a Canadian band called the Weekend.

    The Weeknd in a checkered suit and sunglasses at the Uncut Gems premiere

    8. Lil Nas X chose his stage name because "every new rapper’s name is Lil," and he thought calling himself "Lil Nas" would be funny.

    "Old Town Road" singer in a light green suit

    9. Halsey's stage name is both an anagram of their first name and an homage to a street in Brooklyn that used to be their train stop.

    "Without Me" singer in a low-cut purple outfit

    10. Olivia Wilde changed her last name to honor writer Oscar Wilde after playing Gwendolen in a high school production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

    "Booksmart" director wearing a hat

    11. Sting often wore a black-and-yellow striped sweater during his Phoenix Jazzmen days, so one of his band members nicknamed him after a bumblebee.

    The musician playing bass onstage in a light yellow suit and a black stop

    12. Cardi B's nickname growing up was "Bacardi" because her sister's name is "Hennessy," but she shortened it after her Instagram account kept getting deleted.

    Cardi on the red carpet with long fingernails

    13. Chumbawamba member Alice Nutter changed her legal name to that of a woman who was accused of witchcraft and hanged in 1612.

    The single onstage and wearing boxing gloves

    14. Machine Gun Kelly took his name from George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes — an infamous mobster from the Prohibition era.

    MGK at the VMAs

    15. Snoop Dogg's mom nicknamed him after Snoopy because of how much he loved the Peanuts character growing up.

    "Drop It Like It's Hot" singer

    16. Lady Gaga's producer Rob Fusari nicknamed her "Gaga" after the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga," and she added "Lady" because of its regal connotations.

    "Poker Face" singer

    17. Nicki Minaj fought with a manager who wanted to change her name from "Maraj" to "Minaj," and she's "always hated it."

    Nicki looking serious

    18. Vin Diesel's name is a combination of his stepfather Irving Vincent's name and a nickname he earned as a "fueled up" club bouncer.

    The voice of Rocket Raccoon in sunglasses

    19. Pink's stage name is a reference to Mr. Pink, Steve Buscemi's Reservoir Dogs character.

    "Raise Your Glass" singer

    20. Reese Witherspoon adopted her mother's maiden name as her first name early in her acting career.

    Actor who plays Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" sitting

    21. Saweetie's stage name was originally her Myspace display name, which came from a nickname her grandma gave her.

    The rapper on the red carpet

    22. Lizzo's name was inspired by the Jay-Z song "Izzo."

    Lizzo singing into a microphone

    23. When her real name was already taken at the Screen Actors Guild, Emma Stone named herself after Emma Bunton, otherwise known as Baby Spice.

    The actor who plays Mia Dolan in "La La Land"

    24. After dropping his first EP, Hozier shortened his name because he felt it would be "easier to remember."

    Hozier playing a guitar and smiling

    25. Jay-Z chose his stage name to honor Jaz-O, his mentor and producer.

    "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" singer

    26. Awkwafina's stage name refers to the "high school kid that doesn’t really care about anything," whom she repressed during college.

    The actor who played Peik Lin Goh in "Crazy Rich Asians"

    27. When he was 14, Eminem started rapping under the name "M&M," which were his initials, and it evolved into "Eminem."

    "Stan" singer

    28. Lorde chose her stage name because she's fascinated by aristocracy, but she added the "e" to make it "more feminine."

    Lorde onstage singing

    29. Vanilla Ice uses a nickname he earned as a teenager because of his pale complexion and a dance move he invented that mimics sliding on ice.

    "Ice Ice Baby" singer

    30. John Legend took on his stage name after the nickname became more well known in his social circle than his real name.

    "All of Me" singer

    31. Frank Ocean took inspiration from Frank Sinatra and Ocean's 11 when choosing his stage name.

    "Thinkin Bout You" singer

    32. And finally, Iggy Azalea used to wear a necklace with her dog's name on it, and she decided to use it as her stage name when people kept asking if the name on the necklace was hers.

    "Fancy" singer