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Best Celebrity Alter Egos: Celebs With Famous Alter Egos (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/31/11 02:35 PM ET   Updated: 10/31/11 06:12 AM ET

At the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 28), Lady Gaga transformed into her badass greaser alter ego, Joe Calderone. She totally committed to her show-opening act, talking in a tough voice and delivering a pretty convincing monologue before launching into song. Gaga committed to her alter ego all night--even accepting her VMA as Joe Calderone.

But Gaga's not the only one with a famous alter ego. Backstage at the VMAs, rapper Nicki Minaj promised fans that they can expect a lot of her alter ego Roman on her new album. Katy Perry debuted her alter ego, Kathy Beth Terry, in her music video for her hit single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". And even Justin Bieber can transform into MC Shawty Mane to express his swag.

And can anyone really forget country crooner Garth Brooks' failed alter ego rock persona, Chris Gaines?

Some do it better than others, but that doesn't stop celebs from embracing their alter egos. Take a look at some of our favorites below.

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  • Lady Gaga / Joe Calderone

    While little monsters have known about Joe Calderone, Lady Gaga publicly debuted her Italian male alter ego at the MTV VMAs (Aug. 28)--complete with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/lady-gaga-wore-a-prosthetic-penis_n_942345.html#s342235" target="_hplink">prosthetic penis</a>.

  • Justin Bieber / Shawty Mane

    It's hard to imagine the Biebs as a MC, but when the teen heartthrob tweeted that Shawty Mane--his MC name--was back and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/05/justin-bieber-raps-on-chris-browns-mixtape_n_919514.html" target="_hplink">rapping on "Ladies Love Me" from Chris Brown's new mixtape "Boy In Detention"</a>, we had to admit that he's got some game.

  • Beyonce / Sasha Fierce

    The multi-talented star (and soon to be mom) used to channel her inner diva, Sasha Fierce, when she performed onstage. <a href="http://newsroom.mtv.com/2008/10/23/beyonce-explains-herself-and-sasha-fierce-in-listening-party-video/" target="_hplink">Beyonce said Sasha Fierce</a> was "this alter ego that I've created that kind of protects me and who I really am." Sadly, Beyonce <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1632774/beyonce-killed-sasha-fierce.jhtml" target="_hplink">killed off Sasha</a> in 2010--"I didn't need Sasha Fierce anymore, because I've grown and now I'm able to merge the two," she told <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1632774/beyonce-killed-sasha-fierce.jhtml" target="_hplink">Allure</a>.

  • Courtney Love / Cherry Kookoo

    The eccentric singer took to her MySpace blog to inform her fans that she's taken on a crazy <a href="http://www.myspace.com/courtneylove/blog" target="_hplink">alter ego named Cherry Kookoo</a>. If the name has any indication, looks like Cherry must be pretty cuckoo.

  • David Bowie / Ziggy Stardust

    In 1972, Bowie released the concept album, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," where he donned his famous flaming red mullet, tons of glitter and wild outfits.

  • Jennifer Lopez / Lola

    Since she retired J.Lo, it looks like Jennifer Lopez was on the hunt for a new fierce alter ego, but it looks like nothing will ever be quite as catchy as J.Lo. In 2009. Lopez debuted a <a href="http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2009/10/jennifer-lopez-rebrands-herself-as-lola-is-it-her-answer-to-sasha-fierce.html" target="_hplink">new alter ego, Lola,</a> via Twitter: "Lola here. What's my deal? Well, wouldn't you like to know..."

  • Mariah Carey / Mimi

    When Mariah Carey released her tenth studio album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," she <a href="http://mariahcarey.com/news/22691" target="_hplink">revealed that she wanted the title of the album</a> to be "representative of where I'm at as an artist. This is the fun side, the real me, and not the image and the baggage that comes with the whole 'Mariah Carey' thing."

  • Miley Cyrus / Hannah Montana

    Although she's 'just being Miley' for now, it's still hard to forget Miley's super famous alter ego Hannah Montana--after all, it did pretty much launch her entire multi-million dollar career.

  • Sacha Baron Cohen / Borat

    Comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen has a few alter egos: Ali G, Borat and Bruno. But it was Borat that launched him into international stardom. Borat was the lovable, yet clueless Kazakhstan native who thought clock radios were high-tech and believed making out with your sister was normal. Oh, Borat.

  • Garth Brooks / Chris Gaines

    Garth Brooks was finally able to show the world his inner emo artist when he unveiled Chris Gaines, the alter ego at the center of Brooks' failed rock effort, "Garth Brooks In... The Life of Chris Gaines." But it looks like the world just wasn't ready for <a href="http://new.music.yahoo.com/garth-brooks/videos/view/lost-in-you-garth-brooks-as-chris-gaines--2168578" target="_hplink">Chris Gaines</a>--or his facial hair.

  • Nicki Minaj / Barbie / Roman Zolanski

    At the MTV VMAs (Aug. 28), rapper Nicki Minaj dropped a few details about her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album. The short of it: It's gonna be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/29/nicki-minajs-alter-ego-ro_n_940273.html" target="_hplink">filled with her alter ego Roman Zolanski</a>. We just wonder if Nicki will pull a Gaga at next year's VMAs.

  • Joaquin Phoenix / Hairy Rapper Guy

    A few years ago, Pheonix--or some big hairy guy that looked like him--starred in "I'm Still Here," a documentary (more like a mockumentary) about the former actor's journey to make it in the rap world. Because his alter-ego totally looks like a rapper, right?

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