Believe it or not, but your favorite celebrities used to be average Joe’s once, too. Yup, like us, they also had their fair share of acne, awkwardness and atrocious taste in fashion.

Only then they got preened, plucked (and in some cases, plastic surgery’ed) by the fame game. Sigh…

Still, SongLyrics won’t let them escape their embarrassing pasts that easily! Check out a selection of seriously cringe-worthy videos we have found of today’s biggest stars before they were famous, below!

Nicki Minaj

Turns out Nicki Minaj wasn’t always a Harajuku Barbie. Here is a young, peculiarly plain Minaj, struttin’ her stuff to “Dirty Money,” stripped of the candy floss hair, porcelain veneers and ten layers of makeup we rarely see the “boom badoom boom, boom daboom boom” “Super Bass” star without these days.

Justin Bieber

Here is Justin Bieber pre-fame, and most importantly, pre-hair, people! The Biebs uploaded this cover of Edwin McCain‘s wedding favorite, “I’ll Be” to YouTube in June 2007, when he just 13 years old. D’aw, even the darn guitar is bigger than he is!

Katy Perry

You wouldn’t know it going on her countless sexual innuendos, but California Gurl, Katy Perry used to be a religious rock and roller called Katy Hudson. Here is Miss. Perry (or should I say Miss. Hudson? Well it is certainly not Mrs. Brand…) singing her song “Growing Pains” during a televised Christian music special. Wait…is that a…nose ring?

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey‘s credentials went down the crapper after bitter music bloggers exposed her as a once unspectacular pop star by the name of (the even more unspectacular) Lizzy Grant. The following footage shows the “Video Games” star before she became the “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” with the plastic pout.


Once upon a time, there lived a girl called Robyn Fenty. When she was 15 years old, Robyn Fenty entered herself into a school talent show, singing Mariah Carey‘s “Hero.” Going on the ear-popping footage, we presume she didn’t win. Still, who knew this innocent young lass would go on to change her name to Rihanna and write a song like “S&M“?



Believe it or not, the trashtastic Ke$ha used to have pretty good voice before she exchanged an “s” for an “$” and “acoustic” for “auto tune.” He is the “Tik Tok” singer performing Radiohead‘s “Karma Police” when she was just 13 years old.

Lady GaGa

Before Lady GaGa transformed into the Fame Monster, she was a Born This Way-brunette by the name of Stefani Germanotta. Back in those days, there was no raw beef or pyrotechnic brassieres. Instead, Germanotta stuck to casual dress codes and warbled about the shallowness of Hollywood. How ironic.

Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake

The Mickey Mouse Club is to blame for launching the careers of three of pop’s biggest tycoons: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. Here is a clip of the show from way back in 1993, featuring all three, um, singers performing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” alongside other (very bored and very 90s looking) Mouseketeers. We admit, we have no idea who the lead singer is, but keep your eyes peeled for Britney (she’s the girl in the skirt), Christina (she’s the girl in the pants) and Justin (he’s the boy in the dungarees). How surreal it is seeing them all pre breakdowns, bitch fights and bald heads…