Do You Know These Celebs' Real Names?

Actor Mahershala Ali recently revealed his real name, and it's so beautiful you'll need a second to practice saying it. Did you know Jamie Foxx, Timbaland and Nicki Minaj's real names? We've uncovered the unknown, and surprising, government names of your favorite celebs.

Jolie A. Doggett Feb, 24, 2015

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Real name: Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (It's a tongue twister isn't it?!)

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Real name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

(Did you have a moment when you thought "Who's that?!" when his name was announced at Oscars? It's okay to admit it)

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Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj

Beyoncé called Nicki by her government name during the "Flawless" remix.

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Real name: Stevland Hardaway Morris

His last name isn't really "Wonder," but we still think he's wonderful!

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Real name: Eric Marlon Bishop

Not even close (there's not even a "J" in his real name).

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Real name: Joissa Diop

Pick up her book, "Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," to see the hilarious story behind her pen name.

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Real name: Aubrey Graham

You may have caught his real name in the credits on Degrassi.

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Real name: Timothy Zachery Mosley

His real name wasn't bad but he needed a unique name to match his one-of-a-kind beats.

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Real name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.

Snoop has changed his name from Calvin to Dogg to Lion. What's next?

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Real name: Kelendria Trene Rowland

She'll always be Kelly to us!

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Real name: Melissa Arnette Elliot We knew her middle name couldn't really be "Misdemeanor"...

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Real name: Erica Abi Wright

First name Erica, Last name... is not Badu.

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Real name: Alicia Augello Cook

A piano-playing songstress who's real last name is "Keys" is just too good to be true.

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Real name: Kasseem Dean

Both Swizz and his wife Alicia Keys go by aliases. Is there no one we can trust?!

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Real name: Shelton Jackson Lee

Shelton...Spike... eh, close enough.

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Real Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

The Bad Gal's government name just doesn't have the same ring. 

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Real name: Caryn Elaine Johnson The name change is understandable. "Whoopi" just sounds more fun.

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Real name: André Lauren Benjamin We're sure you could've guessed that his last name wasn't really 3,000. But if you didn't know, we won't tell anyone.

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Real name: John Stephens

But his voice and piano skills are definitely legendary.

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Real name: Elgin Baylor Lumpkin

No, seriously. That's his real name.

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Real Name: Anna Mae Bullock

As heard in the semi-autographical film What's Love Got to Do With It? 

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Real Name: Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. 

Did you think his first name was William, too?

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Real Name: Christopher Brian Bridges

We like the clever word play Luda!

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Real Name: Abęl Tesfaye

The Weeknd has a nice ring to it, even though it's missing a vowel. 

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Real Name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole

The Grammy-nominated rapper didn't get very creative with his stage name but it's ok because he's skills are dope anyway. 

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Real Name: Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

We have to admitl, dropping his last name for the stage was a good move. 

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Real Name: Deja Trimble

Dej Trimble has a nice ring to it though! 

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Real Name: Christopher Breaux

Frank Ocean/Chris Breaux, we'd buy music from both, honestly. 

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Real Name: Faheem Rasheed Naim

T-Pain holds it down with some hits. 

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Real Name: Helen Folasade Adu

The Nigerian singer uses an abbreviation of her middle name on stage. 

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Real Name: Jason Desrouleaux

The real singer's last name is a mouthfull!

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Real Name: Dante Smith

The artist formally known as Mos Def. 

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Real name: Antwan Andr Patton The Outkast rapper's stage name is far from his birth name but still pretty cool.

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Real Name: Rakim Mayers

Fun fact, Rocky's real first name is attributed to rapper Rakim (who's real name is William Michael Griffin Jr.). The rapper's mother was a big fan of Eric B and Rakim back in the day. 

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Real Name: Dana Elaine Owens

How dope would it be if this Oscar-nominated, Grammy, Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG winning star's reall name was actually Queen?!

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In a 2015 interview with Tavis Smiley, the singer talked about his album, Black Messiah, black culture, black men, and black women. 

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Real Name: Clifford Smith

Funny enough, we can't see this Wu-Tang member with a name like Clifford. 

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Real Name: Tramar Dillard

Because chances of your real name being the same as the state you're from are slim to none. 

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Real Name: William James Adams, Jr.

Even though the Black Eyed Peas singer basically goes by his first name, the creativity is there and we love it. 

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Real Name: Inga Marchand 

We wonder if the rapper's stage name is a nod to the iconic movie character?

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Real Name: Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

The Roots drummer has a cool stage name, we dig it. 

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Real Name: Ladonna Gaines While it would be great to have the last name of a wonderful season, sadly this disco diva does not.

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Real Name: Kamaal Ibn John Fareed

The DJ and Tribe Called Quest rapper was born Jonathan Davis but changed his legal name after converting to Islam. The more you know.