Kesha Drops the $ and Other Artists Who Have Changed Their Name

PHOTO: Kesha performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 2013.
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Kesha is out of rehab for her eating disorder and feeling "blessed."

But being healthier is only one of the singer's drastic changes following two months of treatment. Kesha, 27, has dropped the "$" from her name and according to a source, "She officially dropped it when she was released from treatment. It's her beginning a new chapter in her life."

Kesha isn't the first artist to change her name after years of success. Rappers, singers and even producers have been doing it for years to highlight the evolution in their careers.

Here's a quick look at some other big names changes.

PHOTO: Snoop Lion performs a show at Stubbs Austin during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, March 9, 2014.
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Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion

In July 2012 after 20 years as Snoop Dogg, the iconic rapper, 42, decided to change his name to Snoop Lion. He said a priest in Jamaica rechristened the rapper with the new name and that he was trying to embrace the reggae culture instead of the guns he used to rap about. He said he was "born again" during the trip and was ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."

PHOTO: Prince performs onstage at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, March 8, 2014.
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Prince to [A Symbol]

After "Purple Rain" was an international success and Prince was loved and adored for hits like "When Doves Cry," he decided in 1993 to change his name to a "Love Symbol." The symbol was a combination of the male and female symbols. He would come to be referred to as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince." He changed it back in 2000.

PHOTO: Tupac Shakur is seen in this 1993 file photo.
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Tupac to 2Pac to Makaveli

Tupac Shakur is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all-time and he regularly used either 2Pac or Tupac on his albums until 1996 when he changed his stage name and persona to Makaveli the Don. Tupac was shot and killed in 1996 at age 25.

PHOTO: Sean Combs attends the 2014 NBA All-Star game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Feb. 16, 2014.
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Puff Daddy to Puffy to P. Diddy to Diddy

Sean Combs, 44, is a music genius and mogul, but he's changed his name almost more than anyone. In the late 1990's it was Puff Daddy. In 2001, he changed it to P. Diddy. Then in 2005 he dropped the "P" and was just Diddy. He also goes by Sean John when promoting his fashion line.

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