Musicians aren't that much different from actors, in that they sometimes generate persona, either onstage or for an entire album. Alter egos help musicians express emotions that they probably would be hesitant to portray as their real selves. Some musicians only create a split personality for a single concept album, while others keep the myth going for much longer, even performing onstage or posing as another person in interviews. It's an experiment that sometimes works well, but other times backfires. But in all these instances, the musician eventually retired their other selves, and went back to being as real as artists can be.
9 Buster Poindexter - aka David Johansen
8 MacPhisto - aka Bono
7 Damita Jo - aka Janet Jackson
6 Art Nouveau - aka Joni Mitchell
5 Chris Gaines - aka Garth Brooks
4 Santa, Isabel, Clyde, Pip, Tori - aka Tori Amos
3 Ziggy Stardust - aka David Bowie
2 Slim Shady - aka Eminem
1 Jo Calderone - aka Lady Gaga
Ever the mercurial performance artist, Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, shocked viewers of 2011’s MTV Video Music Awards, when she appeared onstage as a man named Jo Calderone. She, er, he, wore a white T-shirt, blazer and pants, and looked nothing like Gaga. Smoking a cigarette, Calderone stated he was Gaga’s lover and talked about how crazy she was. He then sat down at a piano and performed Gaga’s song “You and I.” This wasn't the first time Gaga portrayed the drag character, though. In a 2010 photoshoot for Vogue Hommes Japan, photographer, Nick Knight took photos of the diva dressed in various men’s clothes.
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