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Sometimes you forget that many of your FAVE stars actually made up their names - so we've brought together a list of what they ACTUALLY mean, and some of them are... a little bizarre!
The band's FIRST name (before Rhythmix, even!) turned out to have a much more *ahem* naughty meaning then they intended!. The girls told DS they had to change their name from Infinite Bass because: “The producers asked, ‘Have you seen what that means on Urban dictionary?’ and we were like, ‘No’. It means everlasting orgasm.” AWKWARD! Picture: Getty
Tim Bergling says his DJ name was adopted after finding out his real name was already taken way back when he made his music MySpace page - and that ‘Avicii’ actually means the lowest level of Buddhist hell - probably reflecting how he felt! Picture: Getty
Aussie rap star Iggy got the first half of her stage name from her favourite dog growing up - and after she started wearing a necklace in tribute to him people soon started nick-naming HER Iggy too! The ‘Azalea’ is the name of the street her mum lived on, so she just put the two together! Picture: Getty
Peter Hernandez chose his stage name after his dad insisted on nicknaming him after legendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino - and the Mars comes from the fact girls used to describe him as “out of this world”. You charmer, Bruno! Picture: Getty
Stefani Germanotta says her stage name comes from producer Rob Rusari who started calling her Gaga after the famous Queen Song ‘Radio Gaga’, before adding a bit of femininity to it with ‘Lady’. Picture: PA
Ben Haggerty picked out his stage name after creating a superhero character called Professor Macklemore for a school homework assignment - and creating the hero’s costume from thrift shop clothes! And clearly… it stuck! Picture: Instagram
The ‘Pass Out’ hit-maker revealed he got his stage name WAY back in year 8 at school when he was day dreaming in class and started flicking through a dictionary to find his rap moniker. He stopped at ‘angry’ and decided he liked ‘temper’ - but added the ‘Tinie’ because he didn’t want it to be TOO aggressive! Picture: Getty
The first part of the rapper’s stage name stems from the word ‘wisdom’ - in honour of his uncle - while ‘khalifa’ is the Arabic word for ‘successor’. So there you have it! Picture: PA
Shawn Carter was nicknamed Jazzy as his early stage name back in the day and adapted it in honour of both his mentor Jaz-O - and the Brooklyn subway service J/Z - just when his career took off!
This one’s an easy one - the ‘Wild Ones’ rapper is OBVIOUSLY named after his home state of Florida in the USA. Picture: Getty
The ‘Bills' star was apparently nicknamed ‘Lunch Money’ at school and clearly the name stuck - creating his rap name of LunchMoney Lewis from the moniker and his real-life surname Lewis. Picture: Press
‘Let Me Love You’ singer Ne-Yo was given his super-cool stage name way back in 2004 by producer Big D - as a reference to Keanu Reeve’s iconic character Neo in The Matrix trilogy - apparently becauase he thinks Ne-Yo sees music in the same way as Neo sees The Matrix itself! Woah! Picture: Danny North
Rap star Fiddy adopted his name in tribute to a memorable eighties robber from Brooklyn, New York called Kelvin ’50 Cent’ Martin. Apparently the ‘In Da Club’ star felt the name said “everything” he wanted to say! Picture: PA
The ‘Boom Clap’ star doesn’t have a very in-depth reason for the ‘XCX’ in her stage name - she says she just thought it looked cool and sounded catchy - and used it as her MSN Messenger name for a bit!
Rap superstar Dizzee’s name stems from the nickname - probably NOT affectionately - he got from one of his school teachers. Eek!
The ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ rap star adopted his stage name from the initials of his name Elliot Gleave - E.G. - which he extended into Example. Picture: PA
The ‘Antenna’ star has revealed that ‘Fuse’ comes from the way he fuses together different musical styles in his music while apparently ‘ODG’ stands for… off da ground!! Picture: PA
The ‘Time Of Our Lives’ rapper picked out his stage name because pitbulls “bite to lock”! He says the misunderstood breed are “everything” that he is in his life.
Nicknamed Rocky by his mum growing up, this rap star gets the ‘A$AP’ part of his name from the New York City rap collective A$AP Mob - who ALL adopt the acronym as the first part of their name. It stands for ‘Always Strive And Prosper’.
Don’t expect a deep and meaningful explanation for this one - apparently Mikey came up with the band name randomly and just text his pals to say “Hey guys, I’m naming the band 5 Seconds Of Summer’. And they all agreed, not thinking they’d ever become a big deal! Oh, how wrong they were!
The UK band named their group after the English surgeon Dr. Lawson who actually operated on singer Andy Brown’s brain tumour and saved his life! Now THAT’S a good reason to give your band a name!
The boys just felt like it was the “right” moniker for their band - although Connor ALSO enjoys the fact that ‘vamp’ means to throw different things together, which he likens to their pop/rock style. Picture: Getty
After having to change their name from ‘Relics’, the boys decided not to change the band name TOO much to keep the same kind of sound - and came up with Rixton in a brainstorm. Picture: Getty
Will.i.am named his iconic RnB duo after the food itself - because it’s food for the soul!