Rapper Iggy Azalea is on fire and her musical career seems to just be getting started. The “Fancy” rapper is preparing to make her debut at this Sunday’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with collaborator Rita Ora, but in the meantime Azalea has taken the time to explain her stage name. On Thursday, the Australian rapper was the first celebrity to appear in the new Vevo original series “A.K.A.” and explained just where she got her name.
The show, which premiered on Thursday, Aug. 21, has stars explain how they got their stage names. Azalea’s stage name came as a “two-part saga.” She starts off saying:
My name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, but you guys probably know me as Iggy Azalea. And that’s how it’s gonna stay.”
Interestingly, the first part of her name originated from her dog of the same name. Her dog, Iggy, was named after Iggy Pop. She loved her dog very much and went on to explain an incident involving her favorite pet.
One time he got bitten by a snake,” She shared. “And he couldn’t move his legs, and I realized he had killed the snake.”
After he survived the incident and was back to his old self, she got a name-plate necklace made in his honor. She continued.
Everybody started to think that my name was Iggy so it kind of became my nickname and I took it on board and started rapping with it.”
The second part of her name actually comes from her grandfather, who disapproved of her just having a one-word stage name. He told her that a good stage name should have a certain number of syllables and just going by Iggy wasn’t cutting it. She recalled,
(He) said to me, ‘You can’t have a one-word stage name'...It made perfect mathematical sense. So I had to think of a good last name.”
After much thought, she went with the name of the street her mother and family live on. So basically she went with the name of her pet and the street her family lives on to come up with Iggy Azalea. The rap star is now a household name and would like to forget her born name Amethyst. Other celebrities to appear in the series are Common, Future, G-Easy, and Daddy Yankee. Should be interesting to see if any of them can top Azalea’s story.