Several artists use a mononym, or a one-word stage name. For me, these are the 13 best ones:
Born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor on November 7, 1996 in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, Lorde won her first Grammy Awards in 2014. Her most recent studio album “Melodrama,” his second one, was released on June 16, 2017.
Born Padraigin Ni Bhraonain in 1961 in Dore, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, Enya is known for her distinct sound and is Ireland’s biggest-selling solo artist of all time. Her most recent studio album “Dark Sky Island,” her eighth one, was released on November 20, 2015.
Born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel in 1963 in Paddington, London, England, Seal is a singer-songwriter who used to be married to supermodel Heidi Klum. His most recent studio album “7,” his ninth one was released on November 6, 2015.
Born Usher Raymond IV in 1978 in Dallas, Texas, Usher is one of the best-selling artists of the 2000s. His most recent studio album “Hard II Love,” his eighth one, was released on September 16, 2016.
Born Laurie Blue Adkins in 1988 in Tottenham, London, Adele is one of the best-selling singer-songwriters of all time. Her most recent studio album “25,” her third one, was released on November 20, 2015.
Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in 1977 in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia, Shakira is the voice behind the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time title “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” Her most recent album titled “El Dorado,” her 11th one, was released on May 26, 2017.
Born Aubrey Drake Graham in 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Drake started as a TV actor before becoming a rapper. His most recent studio album “Views,” his fourth one, was released on April 29, 2016.
Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in 1951 in Wallsend, Northumberland, England, Sting was the frontman of the rock band The Police before becoming a solo artist. His most recent studio album as a solo artist titled “57th & 9th,” his 12th one, was released on November 11, 2016.
Born Paul David Hewson in 1960 in Dublin, Ireland, Bono is the frontman of the rock band U2. The most recent studio album of U2 titled “Songs of Experience,” its 14th one, was released on December 1, 2017.
Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in 1946 in El Centro, California, Cher is dubbed the Goddess of Pop. Her most recent studio album “Closer to the Truth,” her 25th one, was released on September 20, 2013.
Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, U.S., Madonna is dubbed the Queen of Pop in the 1980s. Her most recent studio album “Rebel Heart,” her 13th one, was released on March 6, 2015.
Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna is one of the best-selling singer-songwriters of all time. Her most recent studio album “Anti,” his eighth one, was released on January 28, 2016.
Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, United States, Eminem is considered one of the best rappers of all time. His most recent studio album titled “Revival,” his ninth one, was released on December 15, 2017.