Can you guess these 2018 Grammy nominees' real names?

The 2018 Grammys are just a few days away (Sunday, Jan. 28), and the nominees this year are fire. Going through the list of nominees, it’s pretty obvious that many of these talented stars weren’t born with the fun names they go by. Celebrities and musicians alike are known for taking stage names as they rise to fame — and Grammy nominees like Bruno Mars, P!nk, and Jay-Z are just a few who have followed suit.

Here are the real names and the stories behind some of this year’s nominees’ unique monikers. You know — just in case you need it for trivia some day.

Bruno Mars

Real name: Peter Hernandez. Nominated for six Grammys, including Album of the Year, the artist inherited the nickname “Bruno” from his dad as a toddler, after the big wrestler Bruno Sammartino. This has stuck with him for life.


Real name: Shawn Corey Carter. Nominated for eight Grammys, including Album of the Year, the rapper once known as “Jazzy” changed his name to Jay-Z in homage to his mentor — rapper and producer Jaz-O — and the J and Z subway lines of his hometown of Brooklyn.

Cardi B

Real name: Belcalis Almanzar. Nominated for two Grammys, including Best Rap Song, the rapper used to call herself Bacardi, while her sister went by Hennessy. When she kept getting deleted from Instagram because her name was the same as the very popular brand of rum, she decided to shorten it to Cardi B. 

Celebrities' real names
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Celebrities' real names

Tom Cruise - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

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Miley Cyrus - Destiny Hope Cyrus

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Elton John - Reginald Dwight

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Faith Hill - Audrey Faith Perry

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Reese Witherspoon - Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

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P!nk - Alecia Moore

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Whoopi Goldberg - Caryn Johnson

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Carmen Electra - Tara Leigh Patrick

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Bruce Willis - Walter Bruce Willis

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Charlie Sheen - Carlos Estévez

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Shania Twain - Eilleen Edwards

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Helen Mirren - Ilyena Mironoff

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Tim McGraw - Samuel Timothy McGraw

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Oprah Winfrey - Orpah Gail Winfrey

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Vin Diesel - Mark Vincent

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Meg Ryan - Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

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Stevie Wonder - Stevland Judkins

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Katy Perry - Katheryn Hudson

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Bruno Mars - Peter Hernandez

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Olivia Wilde - Olivia Cockburn

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Lady Gaga - Stefani Germanotta

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Kesha - Kesha Rose Sebert

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Natalie Portman - Natalie Hershlag

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Jay-Z - Shawn Carter

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Fergie - Stacy Ferguson

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Nicki Minaj - Onika Maraj

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Cee Lo Green - Thomas DeCarlo Callaway

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Pitbull - Armando Pérez

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Madonna - Madonna Ciccone

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Calvin Harris - Adam Wiles

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Jonah Hill - Jonah Hill Feldstein

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Lucy Hale - Karen Lucille Hale

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Jessie J - Jessica Cornish

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Emma Stone - Emily Jean Stone

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Jack Black - Thomas Black

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Dakota Fanning - Hannah Dakota Fanning

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Snoop Dogg - Calvin Broadus

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Mila Kunis - Milena Kunis

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Iggy Azalea - Amethyst Kelly

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Drake - Aubrey Drake Graham

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Rihanna - Robyn Rihanna Fenty

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Kevin Spacey - Kevin Spacey Fowler

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Ludacris - Christopher Bridges

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Demi Moore - Demetria Guynes

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Ashton Kutcher - Christopher Ashton Kutcher

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Demi Lovato - Demetria Devonne Lovato

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Blac Chyna - Angela White

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Nicolas Cage - Nicolas Kim Coppola

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John Legend - John Stephens

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Julianne Moore - Julie Anne Smith

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Prince - Prince Rogers Nelson

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Nelly - Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

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Alicia Keys - Alicia Cook

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Jamie Foxx - Eric Bishop

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Portia de Rossi - Amanda Lee Rogers

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Common - Lonnie Lynn, Jr.

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Lea Michele - Lea Michele Sarfati

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Adele - Adele Adkins

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Ricky Martin - Jose Enrique Martin Morales

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Tina Fey - Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

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Lorde - Ella Yelich-O'Connor

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Lady Gaga

Real name: Stefani Germanotta. Nominated for two Grammys, including Best Pop Vocal Album, Gaga took her name from the Queen song “Radio Ga-Ga,” but her ex-boyfriend, producer Rob Fusari, takes credit for her name because “Radio” autocorrected to “Lady” on his phone. 


Real name: Alecia Beth Moore. Nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, the singer picked up her stage name after she was told that she resembled Steve Buscemi’s character, Mr. Pink, from the 1992 film, “Reservoir Dogs.”

Lil Uzi Vert  

Real name: Symere Woods. Nominated for five Grammys, including Best New Artist, Uzi said that some guy said to him once, “Damn, you rap fast like a machine gun, like Uzi.” He added “Vert,” short for vertical, as in going straight to the top!


Real name: Solána Imani Rowe. Nominated for five Grammys, including Best New Artist, SZA picked her name from the supreme alphabet: S = Sovereign or Savior, Z = Zigzag, and A = Allah.

Music legends who have never won GRAMMYs
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Music legends who have never won GRAMMYs

Diana Ross: 12 nominations 

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Snoop Dogg: 17 nominations

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Katy Perry: 13 nominations


Björk: 14 nominations

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Nas: 13 nominations

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Busta Rhymes: 11 nominations

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Tupac Shakur: 6 nominations

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Kenny Chesney: 6 nominations

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Queen: 4 nominations

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The Beach Boys: 4 nominations

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Patti Smith: 4 nominations

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Guns N' Roses: 3 nominations

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Janis Joplin: 2 nominations

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Jimi Hendrix: 1 nomination

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