It is common for artists to have branded names or special names they prefer to be addressed with either representing them individually or their brand. ‘Stage names’ are not just titles they go by, they are full-fledged brands that is used as a mode of identification anywhere. But however, these celebrities tend to change their names as their careers progress or their style evolves to suit their current status.
Here is a list of popular musicians that changed their stage names in recent times:
- Kizz Daniel
Making our list is Kiss Daniel. This was announced through his manager, that he had changed his name to Kizz Daniel in May 2018.
He was formerly known as Kiss Daniel, but the singer was engaged in a court battle with his former label, G Worldwide, over a high-profile contract disagreement. He later left G Worldwide to form Flyboy Inc., his own record label.
During the legal battle, his ex-label claimed ownership and copyrighted the name ‘Kiss Daniel,’ prompting the artist to go by the new name ‘Kizz Daniel‘, a name that quickly reflected on all his social media sites.
Second on our list is Wizkid who has gone through many names in the course of his music career. He was initially using the stage name Lil Prince before becoming well-known in the industry.
He changed his name to Wizkid when he formally began his music career. Wizkid has been cautious with songs released under the “Wizkid” alias after signing his mega-deal with Sony in 2016, preferring to use the “Starboy” identity, which also symbolises his label.
In 2021, he shocked his followers by changing his Instagram handle to Big Wiz. Though, the name change isn’t official, many people have already begun to refer to him by that name.
- 2Face Idibia
In 2016, music legend 2face Idibia declared that he had changed his stage name. On social media, he introduced his new name, ‘2baba.’
He explained that the name change was not surprising because many people had been calling him “2Baba” for a long time and it was only natural for him to change it now that he is a father “Baba” and a chief (Tafidan Kudandan in Kaduna).
- Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has had several stage names so far. He birth name was Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. He used the moniker “Snoop Rock” when he started rapping, then later changed it to “Snoop Doggy Dogg” and eventually lost the “Doggy.”
He changed his name to “Snoop Lion” in 2012 and has recorded music as “DJ Snoopadelic” and “Snoopzilla.”
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- 5. Sinzu
On July 20, 2012, Babalola Falemi, a popular Nigerian musician and songwriter, announced the change of his stage name, Sauce Kid, to ‘Sinzu SMG,’ through his social media page.
Sinzu is a talented rapper whose music and swags dashed him street fame with the release of his first hit track, “Omoge,” which featured popular vocalist Mike Okri.
The musician, on the other hand, spent two years in jail after he was apprehended for involving in deceitful activities.
- Kanye West
Kanye West has performed severally under his own name ever since the beginning of his music career. Kanye West legally changed his name to “Ye” with no middle or last name in August 2021.
On February 18, 2022 the multi-talented singer and songwriter formerly known as ‘Buju’ disclosed his willingness to rebrand his stage name change to ‘BNXN’, which has stirred lots of reactions from his fans.
The fast-rising singer made an official announcement regarding the changing of his stage name in a statement on his social media pages accompanied with a video.