Entertainment is famously a hard industry to break into. So, if your name can give you a leg up, you might go by a stage name. After all, a rose by any other name might not be the most popular flower. 

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Dr Dre

Dr Dre André Romelle Young changed his stage name to basketball player Julius Erving's nickname: Dr J, then went to Dr Dre to include his own name. CRACKED.COM

Source: ESPN

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster In a song in 2007 (and again in 2017), Cookie Monster revealed his real name was Sidney Monster. CRACKED.COM

Source: WIRED

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