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Before They Were Famous: iHeartRadio Music Awards Edition

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    The iHeartRadio Awards are right around the corner. Find out what the nominees were up to before the fame!

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    Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lorde, and Austin Mahone were students before they rose to fame as teenagers.

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    Blake Shelton worked at his step dad's roofing business.

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    Kesha was on an awkward episoode of 'The Simple Life' with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

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    Dan Reynolds volunteered full-time as a Mormon missionary in Nebraska for two years while the rest of his Imagine Dragon band mates went to college.

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    Before Maroon 5 was famous, they formed the band Kara's Flowers, named after one of their groupees.

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    When he was 15, Luke Bryan worked at K-Mart!

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    Before Miley Cyrus started acting, she was a normal girl living on her family's farm in Tennessee.

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    Ariana Grande was on the Nickelodeon TV show, 'Victorious.'

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    Before Pitbull was a rapper he had some trouble with the law.

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    Florida Georgia Line were students at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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    Jay Z got mixed up with the law as a teen, but used music to escape his past.

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    Before Macklemore 'popped some tags,' he worked as a security guard at a youth correctional facility and at the Seattle zoo

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    Calvin Harris thought he was going to be the next soccer star Steve McManaman. He says, 'But I never had curly hair, so I got into music. If I'd had curly hair, things would've been different.'

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    Eminem worked at a factory when he was 16, which entailed sweeping floors and taking out the trash etc. He also worked at Little Caeser's Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!

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    After dropping out of Camberwell College of Arts to focus on her music, Florence Welch worked at a bar.

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    Lana Del Rey, or Lizzie Grant as a her classmates knew her, studied a branch of philosophy known as metaphysics at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY.

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    Pharrell attended band camp as a kid, and played the snare drum in his high school marching band. He was discovered in a talent show playing with his band The Neptunes.

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    Thomas Rhett got his start playing backup drums with his dad. He went on to play at parties in college.

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    Justin Timberlake got his start on the 'Mickey Mouse Club!'

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    Before touring all over the world in extravagant outfits as Lady Gaga, the superstar was featured on MTV's 'Boiling Points.'

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    Demi Lovato joined Selena Gomez on 'Barney!'

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    Before Aubrey Graham was Drake, he was Jimmy on the Canadian teen drama television series 'Degrassi.' Jimmy ended up in a wheelchair after he was shot by another student at Degrassi High School.

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    Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities started out writing TV jingles for Hallmark, Home Depot, and Honda.

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    Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino met at New York University where they studied music and formed A Great Big World.

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    Avicii was just Tim Bergling, a high school student from Sweden.

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    Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys was a student at Stocksbridge High School in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK.

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    Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, now known as Icona Pop, were introduced by a mutual friend at a party.

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    Before Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. was known as T.I., he worked at an airport cleaning trash off of airplanes!

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    Kyle Simmons and Dan Smith studied English at the University of Leeds before they formed Bastille with William Farquarson and Chris Wood.

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    Hayley Williams was homeschooled before she started performing with Paramore! She had to finish school while on the road because she was 16 when they started touring.

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