Machine Gun Kelly rebrands as MGK

The artiste formerly known as Machine Gun Kelly, real name Colson Baker, has officially changed his stage name to MGK, per

This change was noted across various streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and YouTube on February 29. While his social media handles on X and Instagram remain unchanged for now, his X name has transitioned to MGK, and his Instagram handle currently reflects colson xx blonde don.

Although the reason behind the name change remains undisclosed, hints of the shift emerged in November 2023 when MGK requested photographers at an F1 race to refer to him simply as Machine.

Machine Gun Kelly       Image: Getty Images

This alteration follows a playful suggestion by comedians Chad & JT, who held up a sign at one of MGK’s concerts urging him to change his name, citing concerns about the connotations of Machine Gun. 

Despite speculation, the precise motivation behind MGK’s decision remains elusive, but the transition to MGK aligns with the widespread use of the abbreviation as a nickname for the artiste.

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