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Sometimes titles are made lowercase to achieve some desired effect. The musical artist gnash, his song "i hate u, i love you", as well as any of the people on this page are some examples. When starting a sentence with a name like these, should the first letter be capitalized? For example, which of the following is correct?

gnash reached the top of the charts this week.

Gnash reached the top of the charts this week.

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The second one is correct.

Gnash reached the top of the charts this week.

The first letter in a sentence is conventionally capitalized. But if there is no specification for this, and you're sure that gnash is in the accurate case, it's best to write something before it, like mentioned in the comments.

Singer-songwriter gnash reached the top of the charts this week.

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    How would you write a sentence that starts with iPhone? – Sven Oct 10 '17 at 16:21
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    It would be better to say that capitalizing the first word of a sentence is conventional, but certain styles (e.g. Garner's) allow for stylistic variation; always is clearly not accurate as you immediately identify an exception. – choster Oct 10 '17 at 16:37
  • No matter what, the first letter in a sentence is always capitalized. Always. What about the sentence "2016 was an eventful year"? The first letter in that sentence is "w", and it isn't capitalized. – sumelic Oct 10 '17 at 17:49
  • @sumelic except technically the first letter in that sentence is "T" for "Twenty" (or "Two thousand"). – Carl Witthoft Oct 10 '17 at 18:57
  • In any case, Aravind is exactly wrong here. – Carl Witthoft Oct 10 '17 at 18:57

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