Do you know what Oprah, Cher, Rihanna, Adele, Pink, Brandy, Monique, and Beyonce have in common? You might immediately say they are all females. That’s true, but there is something else about them.
We know Oprah, Cher, Rihanna, Adele, Pink, Brandy, Monique, and Beyonce by their first name. In fact, some people might not even know what their last name is.
While some men are known by their first name, there seems to be more celebrity women whom we are on a first name basis with.
If someone says Oprah, there is no need to say her last name because everyone knows we are talking about Oprah Winfrey. That’s an easy one. However, what is the last name of the others?
The name Adele Adkins was called to be a recipient of a musical award. No one in the audience knew who it was. Then they realized it was Adele. Have you ever heard of Cheryl Sarkisian? Probably not, but most people have heard of Cher who has been singing most of her life.
A person who is known by one name only is called a mononymous person. In some cases, that name has been selected by the individual as a stage name.
Look at the list of eight single name celebrity women. However, there are plenty more such as Madonna, Jewel, Fergie, Shikara, and Ciara.
Oprah Gail Winfrey, 59, is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that aired from 1986 to 2011. Now she has her own television network, OWN.
Oprah has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and she was for a time the world’s only black billionaire. She is one of the most influential women in the world.
Oprah’s name was intended to be “Orpah,” after a biblical name in the Book of Ruth. However, it was misspelled on her birth certificate.
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Robyn Rihanna Fenty, 25, is known by her stage name Rihanna. She is a Barbadian recording artist, actress, and fashion designer. Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados.
Rihanna’s work has earned her numerous awards including six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, and two BRIT Awards.
She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, which makes her one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Monique Angela Hicks, 45, is known professionally as Mo’Nique. She is an American comedian and actress and is best known as Nikki Parker on the series “The Parkers.”
In 2009, Monique the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the movie “Precious.” She hosted “The Mo’Nique Show,” a late-night talk show that premiered in 2009 on BET; however, it was cancelled two years later.
Brandy Rayana Norwood, 34 is well known as Brandy. She is an American recording artist and entertainer.
Not only is Brandy a singer, but she is an actress as well. She starred in the sitcom “Moesha” which lasted six seasons.
Brandy has been a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, 25, is better known simply as Adele.
Adele is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist.
She was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. The next year she received the Brit Awards “Critics’ Choice” award and won the BBC Sound of 2008.
Her career in the US was boosted by a Saturday Night Live appearance in late 2008. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Alecia Beth Moore, 33, is better known by her stage name Pink. She is an American singer-songwriter and actress.
Originally, Pink was a member of the girl group Choice, and she began her solo career with the 2000 single “There You Go.”
She gained recognition collaborating with Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, and Mýa to win her first Grammy Award and first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
Helen Folasade Adu, 54, is better known as Sade. She is a Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer with a contralto vocal range.
Sada first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade.
In 2012, Sade was listed at number 30 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women In Music.