Beyoncé’s stage name is “Sasha Fierce” when she needs to be tough and not afraid she transforms into this character typically on stage, and her fans love it & accept it. But, do they love Beyoncé or Sasha Fierce? Are they paying to watch and listen to Beyoncé or Sasha?
The same question can be asked about Rihanna (as a side note: I am completely obsessed with her, literally named my cat Riri after her…yes I sound crazy, but I don’t care). Her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, but to her fans she is known as Rihanna or Riri. Does it make her more “real” if she presents herself as Robyn or Rihanna…? When she goes on stage she is Rihanna (the name behind the music). Her fans refer to her as Rihanna, not typically Robyn (unless they did their homework or personally knew her).
I think if you go to a concert for any artist or band you’re going to see them [insert artist’s/band’s name here] not the person. As a musician, yes you are clearly a human being, but your job is to sing and be the persona your fans like—i.e. Rihanna, Beyoncé/Sasha Fierce (I’d lean more towards Sasha Fierce if going to a concert). Fans shouldn’t feel lied to if they find out the singer has a “real” name, because typically most musicians have a stage names the same way that bands have names (like Aerosmith).
In her interview with Oprah, one can see the reaction of her "real" self Robyn in her hometown of Barbados.