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On Wednesday evening, Justin Bieber introduced the world to a new young rapper named Shawty Mane (see video below). Shawty Mane is the Clark Kent to Bieber's Superman: a version of the pop star with wide-rimmed glasses and a whole different attitude. Yes, like many music superstars before him, Justin Bieber has created an alter ego.
Why do so many high-profile stars create alter egos for themselves? Maybe it's a safe way to change your image without isolating your hardcore fans. Beyonce became Sasha Fierce to get in touch with her sexy side; country star Garth Brooks released a rock n' roll album as Chris Gaines; Christina Aguilera shed her teenybopper image when she became Xtina.
Now that Bieber has his rapper alter-ego, we wonder if he'll inspire a new wave of secret identities among his fellow chart-toppers. Here are our alter-ego recommendations for a few of music's hottest stars!
Real Identity: Egomaniac hip-hop star, still trying to win back fans after that whole Taylor Swift thing.
Alter Ego: Reggie East, a Marvin Gaye-esque soul singer who croons ballads about how we should all just get along.
Real Identity: Pop music megastar who may one day run out of shocking costumes and dance hits.
Alter Ego: Dutchess Rahrah, a piano-playing singer-songwriter who dresses in black and sings about her feelings.
Real Identity: R&B singer with a lot of Grammys -- and a lot of personal issues.
Alter Ego: Janet Beercastle, a sultry chanteuse who wears ballgowns, sings jazz standards, and never has a hair out of place.
Which celebrities could use an image makeover? Chime in below!