Tonight is the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, and Halsey is nominated in two categories: Best Female Artist and Top Selling Song. The singer-songwriter will also be performing “Boy With Luv” with BTS during the award show for the very first time.
Halsey’s birth name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane; “Halsey” is an anagram of “Ashley.” She was born on September 29, 1994, making her 24 years old; she will turn 25 later this year.
In a YouTube video interview with AskAnythingChat, she explained how to pronounce her last name. At the 1:57 mark in the video, she reads a fan question asking “How do you correctly pronounce your last name?” In response, she says it is Fran-juh-pahn-ee, before giving examples of some of the ways she has heard it mispronounced.
According to PopBuzz.com, in a since-deleted Tweet, Halsey joked with her fans that she came up with her stage name because of it’s “significant meaning,” writing “halsey (/hal-zi/): origin Greek; meaning “does the most.” She later clarified that she was joking and it is, in fact, an anagram of her birth name.
In a 2015 interview for Vevo, she revealed that Halsey was also the name of a street she spent a lot of time on growing up with a childhood friend: Halsey Street in Brooklyn. On her weekends away from her hometown, she began to develop herself as an artist there.
Halsey grew up in New Jersey, and referred to her hometown as “a Friday Night Lights town;” according to Rolling Stone, she dropped out of community college and couch-surfed between her hometown, Lower East Side Manhattan, and Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn before meeting someone at a party who got her music career moving.
Halsey’s parents’ names are Chris and Nicole, and she has two brothers named Sevian and Dante. Though Vulture reported that Halsey moved to Los Angeles following her parents’ divorce, she told MTV that she gives her parents credit for her music style, saying “It’s because I come from a mixed race family — my dad’s black and my mom’s white — so growing up my dad was listening to a ton of old school rap and my mom was listening to a ton of ’90s grunge. So I was fortunate that my parents were rockin’ MTV when I was an infant.”
She is not the first recording artist to take on a one-name stage name:
Tune in to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Kelly Clarkson, Wednesday, May 1 at 8/7c on NBC.