How many times in your life have you wished you could have picked your own name? It’s never too late of course. There are plenty of people who have done it. You know them for sure. How about the four famous rockstars and divas below?

Nicki Minaj – Onika Tanya Maraj

When you see her go wild in her videos or on stage, her name sounds quite fitting for her appearance. A bit unusual maybe, but so is her persona. Still, Onika Tanya Maraj hates her stage alias.

The diva has repeatedly admitted to the media that she let a label boss talk her into taking on the stage name Nicki Minaj. After her first record deal and the success that followed it, there was no turning back. By the way, have you ever tried to jam to the chords of Nicki Minaj’ “Super Bass”?

Elton Hercules John – Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Simple, easy, and so incredibly convincing. Did you expect that Elton John had gone through the trouble of changing his name? Yeah, maybe into something else, but this sounds pretty ordinary. Especially when you find out that his real name is Reginald Dwight.

Yes okay, Dwight is a bit quirky. The man who enriched the world with tracks like “Circle of Life” and “Tiny Dancer” may not be as ordinary as we think. In fact, he’s anything but ordinary as we can see in the biopic “Rocket Man.” Step out of your comfort zone and learn the chords to Elton Hercules John’s greatest hits  or take the time to learn of of his all time biggest hits “Your song” or “Rocket man“. 

Freddie Mercury – Farrokh Bulsara

The king of the stage, Freddie Mercury. Just like Nicki Minaj, his appearance doesn’t make you think about his name at all. He is so eccentric and engaging that you take everything around him for granted. Farrokh Bulsara has managed to turn himself into the product he had in mind.

A pop icon whose name continues to resonate in music history as the person who – with his band Queen – managed to develop an original and unmatched style in pop music. Or in his own words: “I’m not gonna be a star. I’m going to be a legend!” Jam to the chords of “I Want to Break Free” by Queen and feel the vibe.

Miley Cyrus – Destiny Hope Cyrus

Country star Billy Ray Cyrus had hope for the future when his little daughter first saw the light of day, so he named her Destiny Hope. But the moment she laughed at him he melted and started calling his daughter Smiley.

Years later, Smiley still makes his heart melt, but now from a stage with thousands of people chanting his nickname for her. Well, the diva has taken one letter out to keep it a bit serious. But still … Play along with Miley Cyrus’ “Slide Away” and do it with a smile. Bigger fan of her daddy after all? Learn to play his big hit with Lil Nas X “Old Town Road” now. Happy jamming!

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Teo creates content, which means he writes, a lot, about music, and all things interesting. When it comes to jamming, his weapon of choice is the bass guitar.