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Musicians Who Dropped Out of School

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Eminem
Detroit rapper Marshall Mathers, or Eminem, accepts the Best Rap Album Award for 'Recovery' onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. He had a school career plagued by truancy and poor grades, even repeating ninth grade because of it. He dropped out of high school at age 17.

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Jay-Z
Jay-Z
Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay-Z, performs on stage at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. In his book "Decoded" and his music, he talks about growing up in the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn and later selling cocaine in New Jersey. He went to high school in both cities but eventually dropped out.

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Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
Singer Christina Aguilera was bullied by other children at her Pennsylvania school so much that she dropped out in ninth grade to be home schooled. The former Mickey Mouse Club member said the teasing began after she appeared on "Star Search" and several local TV shows.

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Elton John
Elton John
Sir Elton John performs during the opening night premiere of 'The Union' at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at North Cove at World Financial Center Plaza on April 20, 2011 in New York City. He grew up in Middlesex, England, and dropped out of school at age 17 to pursue his musical career.

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Eric Clapton
British blues guitarist Eric Clapton dropped out of school when he was 16. He said in interviews that he was more interested in music than his lessons.

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Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
Singer Mary J. Blige performs onstage during the BET Awards '11 on June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. Blige, who made no secret of her troubled childhood, dropped out of her Yonkers high school in the 11th grade.

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Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong
One day before his 18th birthday, and halfway through his senior year of high school, Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong dropped out of high school to devote all his time to his band.

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Billy Joel
Billy Joel
Singer/songwriter Billy Joel attends the 41st annual Songwriters Hall of Fame at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 17, 2010, in New York. The Long Island native joined his first musical group when he was 14. When the group developed a large following, he dropped out of school to pursue music full time.

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Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor performs during the 5th Annual Jammy Awards April 26, 2005, in New York. The controversial musician joined a group called Ton Ton Macoute and later dropped out of school to follow them to Dublin.

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Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, who went to schools around the globe because of his father's diplomatic postings, called it quits when he was 15. He needed his days to sleep while he spent his nights at clubs with several different bands.

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