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13 Celebs Explain How They Came Up With Their Unique Stage Names

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You'd be surprised to know how many celebs have stage names, and they're not all in the "Lady Gaga" variety either. Even actors like Brie Larson go by pseudonyms simply because they were sick of people mispronouncing their real names. Although their reasons vary, the inspiration behind these famous monikers are all incredibly unique.

1. Bruno Mars

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Real name: Peter Gene Hernandez

What started as a childhood nickname quickly became his showbiz moniker once he realized the industry was pigeon-holding him with his surname, Hernandez. "'Your last name's Hernandez, maybe you should do this Latin music, this Spanish music... Enrique's so hot right now,'" he explained to GQ. Thus, he picked "Mars" to avoid being stereotyped.