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.
2.Doja Cat named herself after two things she loves — weed (aka doja) and cats.
3.Brie Larson shortened her first name from "Brianne" and then chose "Larson" after her favorite American Girl doll growing up: Kirsten Larson.
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.
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.
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.
7.The Weeknd took the final "e" out of his name because of copyright issues with a Canadian band called the Weekend.