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What Is Lil Uzi Vert's Real Name? The Rapper Has A Really Unique Moniker

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With the 60th Annual Grammy Awards nominees recently announced, it's clear that there are some artists who were basically no-brainer nominations, like JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift (even if she only got two nominations, hey, it's better than nothing, amirite?). But there are some up-and-coming artists that got some Grammy shoutouts, and I think it's about damn time we show a bit more interest in the musicians who are on their way to the top. The Best New Artist category features a few names that we're all familiar with by now (hi, Alessia Cara!), but there are some names that appear on the list that are head-scratchers. Who are these people and what have they sung? Should I know them? Am I just not relevant anymore? A rapper named Lil Uzi Vert is on that list, and it's OK if you don't know his name off the top of your head or what he does. That's what I'm here for. Let's take a look at his claim to fame, the backstory to his MC name, and what exactly Lil Uzi Vert's real name is, because let's face it, who doesn't want to know the real names of rappers? Looking at you, Snoop Dogg, AKA Calvin Cordozar Broadus Junior.

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Lil Uzi Vert's "XO TOUR Llif3" beat "Despacito" at the MTV Video Music Awards

Remember Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito?" Of course you do, because that song will literally not ever fully get out of your head. Also, my deepest apologies if just seeing the word "despacito" caused you to sing the chorus repeatedly, unable to kick it out of your brain.

When "Despacito" was up for the MTV Video Music Awards Song of the Summer, fans didn't think twice about it winning, because, duh. That song was everywhere. So when the award went to Lil Uzi Vert's "XO TOUR Llif3", people were like, wait, what?

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But honestly, it put Lil Uzi Vert on the map, because ultimately people really started paying attention to him after that. After carefully listening to his music, you realized his work was FIRE:

His rapid-fire rapping caused the rap community to take note, and he has since worked with artists like Migos, Playboi Carti, and Wiz Khalifa. In an interview with Complex Magazine, Lil Uzi talks about how he got started in the rap game:

So basically, he's famous because he wanted to ditch school and get rich. And it actually worked. Living. The. Damn. Dream.

His real name is actually Symere Woods

Although he was born Symere Woods, the North Philly native has a reason for his MC name. In an interview with Vibe, Lil Uzi talks about how he came up with his rap name:

Along with his ability to rap at rapid speed, he's also got the talent to rap his lyrics precisely. Stereogum said it best when talking about Lil Uzi on one song in particular, "Money Mitch":

So, yeah, safe to say that Symere's got talent. You do, you, Lil Uzi.

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