90% of people can't name these famous pop stars. Can you?

By: Valeri Muradian

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Pop stars are known for upbeat songs, flamboyant concerts and their celebrity appearances. While the pop genre began in the 1950s, resurgences throughout the 1980s to today have made these young stars household names. How many of these famous pop stars can you name from an image?

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins might be one of the most popular female artists today. Her strong voice and heartbreaking lyrics made her famous worldwide - one of her latest albums, titled ’21,' spent 23 weeks at the top of the album charts in the US. While many artists have been discovered on YouTube, Adele owes her success to MySpace, the social media platform where her friend used to post Adele’s song projects she did in school.

Even though she was born with the name Destiny Hope Cyrus, the singer officially changed her name to Miley in 2008. When she was a child, her parents called her Smiley – this is where the name Miley came from.

Meghan Trainor began singing at age 6, first with her father at church, then at school. When she was 11 years old, she began writing music - her first serious project was her own version of the classic song, “Heart and Soul” (1938).

A Grammy award-winning singer, Bruno Mars (his real name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez) was born in Hawaii. When he was a kid, he was known as “Little Elvis.” From a very early age, he was performing a lot and was quite famous for his Elvis impersonation.

Not everybody knows it, but at first, this band was known as just Blink. They had to change their name after the threat of a lawsuit from another band with the same name. There is a popular theory that the 182, the numbers that were added to the band's name, are the number of times Al Pacino says the "F word" in "Scarface." The truth is much less interesting - they made up the name and it's a random number.

When she was just starting her career, Kesha sang the hook on Flo Rida's hit, "Right Round," but she wasn't paid or credited for it. That's how the dollar sign that used to be in the middle of her name appeared - she was mad that she didn't make any money off the popular song.

Taylor Swift is such a successful artist that she has won 11 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, and 6 Country Music Association Awards to date. She also became the first country singer to win an MTV Video Music Award.

Canadian artist Justin Bieber is beyond popular - for example, he gets dozens of new mentions on Twitter per second, even when he doesn't tweet. It would cost around $10,000 per hour to invite Justin to sing at your party. Or how about this one? Justin gains an average of 207,788 new fans on Facebook every week!

Iggy Azalea, a popular Australian-born rapper, began rapping when she was just 14 years old. Her real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly and she was the first woman to appear on XXL's annual Top 10 Freshman list.

Edward Christopher Sheeran was born into an artistic family. His mother is a ​jewelry designer, his dad is an art curator, and his brother is a well-known composer of classical music. It's no wonder that Edward always loved music - the boy was singing in the church choir at the age of 4 and learned guitar at a very young age.

Australian’s version of One Direction, this band is also well-known for their eccentric shows. Michael, Calum, and Luke once played an entire set without any pants on, to a crowd full of drunk people in London.

In 2012, this Canadian singer brought us one of the catchiest songs of the summer. Her smash hit "Call Me Maybe," that was originally supposed to be a folk song, was a part of her album, "Curiosity."

A band that has been together since 1994, Maroon 5 are three-time Grammy Award winners. Originally called Kara’s Flowers, they are now among the most famous bands on the planet. Their lead singer, Adam Levine, became of the most recognizable superstars, especially after his acting debuts in the 2012 season of “American Horror Story” and 2013 drama, "Begin Again," as well his role as a coach on NBC's reality competition, "The Voice."

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, a dual-island Caribbean nation close to Venezuela, Nicki Minaj had a hard upbringing and a troubled family. Her father was reportedly an abusive drug addict who tried to kill her mother. The girl was raised by her grandmother and later admitted that she is not mad at her parents anymore ​since her childhood has made her the person she is today.

Gwen Stefani is a famous singer, actress (she made her acting debut in Martin Scorsese’s, "The Aviator"), judge on "The Voice," songwriter, fashion designer, and Revlon global brand ambassador. She was named after a flight attendant from the 1968 novel, "Airplane."

Beyonce is an insanely talented, Grammy-winning singer, and chart-topping performer who started her successful career as a child and rose to fame in the 1990s as lead singer of the R&B band, Destiny's Child. She is married to rapper Jay-Z, with whom she has a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, and twins, Sir Carter and Rumi Carter. In February of 2017, when she revealed on her Instagram account that she was expecting twins, the post received 6,335,571 "likes" in 8 hours, breaking the world record for the most liked image.

Lead singer, Marcus Mumford, was born in the US, but raised in Great Britain. He has very religious parents and given his upbringing, there is no surprise that Mumford's lyrics are full of Christian themes.

Throughout her career, Madonna had a scandalous, bad-girl image. However, in high school, she was a well-behaved, nerdy, straight-A student and cheerleader. At one point, Madonna even wanted to become a nun.

Katy Perry, or Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, had to change her name in order to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson. Katheryn's stage name is actually a combination of the short version of her real name and her mother's maiden name.

Britney Spears appeared on "The Mickey Mouse Club" for two seasons along with other famous artists, including Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and fellow pop star, Justin Timberlake whom she dated for three years. In 1999, Spears became famous as a solo singer when her song "Baby One More Time" was released.

Singer-songwriter, actress, LGBTQ activist, almost a legend, Cyndi Lauper released her debut album in 1983. "She's So Unusual," which included hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time," became the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also included in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known as Lady Gaga, is a popular recording artist, songwriter, actress, and singer with a strong voice and unique style. She is famous for her endless experiments and crazy ideas. As of today, she is one of the best-selling musicians of all time.​

Fifth Harmony is a massively successful girl group from Miami that was originally composed of five girls. In 2016, Camila Cabello left the band, but the girls don't plan to change their name or invite a new member.

In 2016, chart-topping singer and incredibly successful solo vocalist George Michael died at age 53. A star from the 80s, he became famous worldwide as a member of the music duo, Wham!

Pink began her music career with bands Basic Instinct and R&B girl group, Choice, in 1995. Both bands came to a quick end, so in 2000 Pink adopted her stage name and released her first solo album, "Can't Take Me Home." Her career truly began after her amazing collaboration with Christina Aguilera on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack in 2002.

Shakira is a talented pop singer who recorded her debut album when she was only 13 years old. It's her real name, not a stage name, and in Arabic it means "grateful" or "full of grace."

One of the biggest bands of the '80s, this English rock band still tour a lot. The authors of the hits like Ordinary World or Hungry Like the Wolf, the band was censored and banned a lot by MTV and BBC. Duran Duran is still very popular - their latest album, Paper Gods, became number 10 on the Billboard charts right after its release in 2015.

Even though Rihanna is her real name, she was never called that until she became a famous singer. She, her family, and friends always preferred to use her first name Robyn.

The talented singer whose debut album became number one on the UK Albums Chart and sold over 300,000 copies by the end of the year. Even though she started her solo career in 2010, she already won countless awards and even performed the song at the wedding reception of Prince William in 2011.

The author of the timeless hits that changes the music industry - Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller, just to name a few - Michael Jackson had an extraordinary life and became a real music legend. By the way, his Billie Jean was the first music video clip by a black artist on MTV.

The first to win American Idol in 2002, Kelly is widely considered to be one of the best artists to emerge from this generation. She is the author of the big radio hits such as "Since U Been Gone" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)".

New Zealander Ella Yelich-O'Connor, mostly known as Lorde, writes and composes all of her hits. Teen sensation Lorde released smash hit ‘Royals’ a few years ago, and she’s still in her early 20s!

Boy George is a singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer and photographer. He is the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award-winning pop band, Culture Club.

Lana Del Rey became a worldwide famous singer thanks to her retro, rich sounding, catchy lyrics, and unique singing style. But before her successful solo career, she had a totally different life. Born and raised in New York City, she had a drinking problem when she was a teen, dropped out of college, was broke for a while, and occasionally performed at small, local clubs. Her first debut album released in 2010 under her real name didn't perform well, and Lana was ready to give up. That's when her song, "Video Games," became a huge success on the internet.

Did you know that the king of glam rock, David Bowie, shares the same birthday as Elvis - January 8? Bowie was a prominent figure in popular music for over five decades. His death at age 69 in 2016 was a big loss for the music industry.

Ariana Grande was always passionate about music, life, and helping others. When she was 10, she co-founded the South Florida youth singing group, Kids Who Care. The band raises money for charities in Florida and is still supported by the singer. After the Manchester terror attack during her show, Ariana suspended her tour. A few weeks later, she returned to Manchester with a benefit concert along with other superstars, visited her injured fans, and offered free tickets to everyone who had been at her May 22nd concert.

Jessie J attended the same school as Adele and Leona Lewis, and they all graduated the same year. The talented British singer was a part of a little-known girl group called Soul Deep, and for a long time worked as a songwriter with Gut Records. She also wrote the Miley Cyrus track, ‘Party in the USA.'

Even though it's been years since Paula Abdul appeared on "American Idol," her fans are still hoping the American-Canadian singer is coming back to the new version of the ABC show. Abdul was one of the best judges on "American Idol," and was there during the first eight seasons. Even though the series ended in 2015, ABC recently announced a brand-new version of the popular reality competition.

A chart-topping, all boy band, One Direction, has millions of fans worldwide. After Zayn Malik left the band, they took a short break to focus more on their friends and family, but their fans are afraid that it means the popular band is splitting.

American musical genius, Pharrell, is a not just a singer, he is also a songwriter, fashion designer, rapper, and producer. Along with Chad Hugo, he produces records focused on various genres, from soul to hip hop, and R&B. Pharrell Williams started performing as a teen and is now 44 years old.

Jennifer Lopez started singing and dancing professionally when she was only 5 years old. The girl loved the attention and was very creative from a very young age. J.Lo also loved performing and even toured New York with her school when she was 7.

Demi Lovato is a promising rising star who went from 'Barney and Friends' show to singing and being a judge on "X Factor." She was always passionate about music and started singing at a young age. When she turned 7, she began acting and met her friend, Selena Gomez.

A Grammy-winning singer, Justin Timberlake has a lengthy and successful solo career; he started as a television performer and singer when he was still a child.

With more than 77 million album certifications, Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is the eighth-highest-certified music artist in the US. He is not only one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time, but also a talented composer and pianist, who taught himself how to play piano at age 4.

Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Chicago's suburbs. In 2010, the band took a long break, but later reunited. They are actively performing together again.

Despite her young age, Carrie Underwood totally changed the country music scene and won countless music awards, including Grammy and Academy of Country Music Awards. The winner of Season 4 of "American Idol," she also became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008.

Prior to becoming famous in the US, The Backstreet Boys first became popular in Canada and Europe. All of the band members are super creative - Aj, for example, is a skilled puppeteer who writes romantic poetry in his spare time, while Nick does comic style drawings (bonus fact: he is also a licensed scuba diver.)

Selena Gomez was named after the popular Tejano singer who died a few years after the girl was born. In Greek, her name means "Moon." When Selena was 7, she made her TV debut on "Barney and Friends."

Christina Aguilera became famous when she was still a child thanks to the television series, "Star Search" and "The Mickey Mouse Club." After recording "Reflection," the theme song for Disney's "Mulan," Aguilera signed with RCA Records and officially began her singing career.

This band from Colorado started their music career by releasing songs on their Myspace account. As of today, their biggest hit is 'Counting Stars' which charted at 2 in the US and became number 1 single in the UK.

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