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Some Hollywood Music Stars: Then and Now

Before all the pomp and glitter, before the hit tracks and electrifying stage presence, before the public baying their names and the photogs flashing their lenses in their faces, these music stars were once cutesy teenagers and adorable kids who may or may not have known how bright their stars would later on shine. Here’s a look at some of our favorite stars and the transformations that time has tempered them with.


Check out a young Usher in his overalls and baseball cap! Guess he’s always had a red carpet smile, but boy has matured (note: his rock-hard abs of today).

Taylor Swift

Swift, who’s talented beyond imagination and well-recognized for it, is growing up before our eyes! The mini singer-songwriter has already sold over 23 million albums and the hits just keep on coming. Not bad for a girl who endured some bullying in high school because she wasn’t among the popular girls.

Justin Bieber

From flat-topped hair to perfectly coifed, little Bieber has come a long way since his You Tube crooning. Now an international pop sensation, with a strong Bieber fever-fueled fan base and a slew of number ones under his belt, the newly [rumored] single eighteen-year-old is running out of things to reach for!

Katy Perry

Pop singer Katy Perry, who was once a wholesome, Christian singer, has made huge strides since her hit single “I Kissed A Girl,” giving her the edge she needs to combat the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna for a spot in the female pop culture.


This Cinderella story started with Myspace: a friend posted Adele’s demo to the social media site and Adele was offered a recording contract with XL Recordings in 2006. Within two years, her debut album “19” was released, followed by “21,” which made her an international and overnight success. You wouldn’t guess it that this little tyke would grow up to be such a vocal powerhouse.

Kelly Clarkson

Clarkson has clearly been singing from a young age, judging by this retro pic from her high-school past. Looking plucky and smiley now, the talented “American Idol” winner sure has come a long way from that ghastly plain dress and drab black-and-whites.

Carrie Underwood

Another American Idol alum, Underwood is right at home in the world of country. The Oklahoma native was raised on a farm and gave up singing after high school to pursue a “practical life.” In 2004, she auditioned for “American Idol” and became the Season 4 winner… Making it the most “practical” decision of her life.

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  1. What of Salawa Abeni and KWAM 1..and dia likes?

    Ok..sorry, u said Hollywood! 🙂

  2. Hahahahhaahh

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