Usher: Here he stands

Usher now

Though he was born in Texas, Usher (aka Usher Terry Raymond IV) spent most of his childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But not long after his grandmother noticed that the boy could sing, the family reloacted to Atlanta, Georgia to give Usher more chances to pursue a singing career.

Usher is now one of the top-selling artists in US history, with over 23 million sales just in America — adding to the total for 65 million worldwide.

Usher then

And here’s how super-adorable little Usher looked his school portrait, before anyone knew he was going to be a star:

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The boy in black

Before Johnny Cash sang about shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die — and way before being portrayed on celluloid by Joaquin Phoenix — Mister Johnny Cash attended Dyess High School in Dyess High School, Dyess, Arkansas.

Here’s how John looked in 1950, years before he ever walked the line.

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Mariah Carey needed an emancipation from bad hair

Check out Long Island high school senior Mariah Carey in 1987. She has 80s hair with that Long Island flair — permed and mullet-esque — perhaps one of the most tragic hairstyle combos:

Before the Big Hair, Mariah’s look was a little lower maintenance (if a little heavy on the feathering):

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Love. Angel. Music. Baby face.

Take a look back to when No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani was just a girl (but note she was not a hollaback girl) at Loara High School in Anaheim, California.

Here’s Gwen as a senior in 1987:

We’re thinking that these two are probably from 1985 and 1986:

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Prince parties like it’s 1974

Even as a high school sophomore, Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) had attitude to spare!

This pic of the man formerly known as that little symbol thingy was taken at Central High School in Minneapolis in 1974 — four years before his first album was released:

Regardless of what you think about Prince’s later accomplishments, you have to admit one thing: With that hair — that collar — that ‘stache… this one school portrait perfectly captures the essence of ’70s style.

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