Rapper Kanye West is changing his name – to Ye. The forty-one-year-old made this announcement on Twitter on Saturday. West has been nicknamed Ye for some time and used the moniker as the title for his eighth album, which was released in June.
The change came ahead of his appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he was expected to launch his new album Yandhi. He replaced singer Ariana Grande on the show who cancelled for “emotional reasons”, the show’s creator said.
As well as being an abbreviation of his current professional name, West has previously said the word has religious significance for him. He is one of a number of famous rappers to change their name.
Sean Combs has been variously known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or Diddy, but this year announced his preference for the names Love and Brother Love. A former West collaborator, JAY-Z, has also made do with or without a hyphen and capitals.