Randy Kaplan, Windham, Conn
Not very, since that’s actually her real first name — albeit without the dollar sign. The wild-child singer, 25, was born Kesha Rose Sebert and was raised in Nashville, though she avoided the town’s penchant for country and went straight for catchy pop with hits such as Tik Tok, We R Who We R and Your Love Is My Drug. Her new album, Warrior, was released in November, and her EP Deconstructed came out this month with a cover of Dolly Parton’s Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You, which was co-written by Ke$ha’s mother, Pebe Sebert.
Contributing: Gayle Jo Carter, Brian Truitt