Musicians Whose Stage Names Are Totally Different From Their Real Names

The stories behind how they chose their pseudonyms are so interesting.

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Shocking, we know, but the “Slide” singer’s real name is not actually H.E.R.; it’s Gabriella Wilson. The acronym stands for Having Everything Revealed.

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The Weeknd

During a Q&A session on Reddit, the “Blinding Lights” crooner revealed that he hated his real name, Abel Tesfaye, at the start of his career, so he went with The Weeknd instead.