Grammy Awards 2012

Grammy Stars: Before They Were Famous

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LIL WAYNE

Now: He's dominating the rap category with five nominations.
Then: In 2004, a less-tattooed Lil Wayne had just released the mix tape Tha Carter – a title he would repurpose three more times – and was best known for being a featured rapper on other artists' tracks. "[I] was just making $10 million off of rapping and I ain't put out one album," he later told Complex.