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In the world of hip hop, many artists have adopted "Lil," a popular prefix typically perceived as the short form of "little," as part of their stage names.

Among rappers, who often spell it with an apostrophe as "Lil'" or "Li'l" as well as simply "Lil," this moniker is shared by at least a baker's dozen.

Rap music in general remains a male-dominated genre with a few notable exceptions, and the use of Lil is no different in terms of gender breakdown.

Some of the better known users of Lil are anything but when it comes to success, having put up big time sales, while others are ... well, Lil known.

From bona fide hit-makers to those we've only heard of because they crash with Justin Bieber, let's take a look at 13 rappers who go by Lil below!

Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne, a.k.a. Tunechi a.k.a. Weezy a.k.a. Dwayne Michael Carter III, is the biggest hit-maker of all the LIL rappers.

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Stars graced the Nokia Theatre with their presence on Sunday for the 2014 BET Awards.

Among the notable attendees were new mama Kerry Washington and self-proclaimed muse of God, Lil Mama.

And Paris Hilton was there because she's apparently a professional red carpet walker. (Oh, right. DJ Paris Hilton...silly me for forgetting...)

Red carpet fashions ranged from glam to "what were they thinking?," with a Kendall Jenner-esque dress or two in the mix.

Toggle through the gallery below to see some of the best (and worst) fashions from the BET Awards and hand out your very own grades now:

Kerry Washington
New mom Kerry Washington walked the red carpet at the 2014 BET Awards looking lovely in this floral knee-length number.

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The post-VMA apology tour continues, headlined by Kanye West (who even the U.S. President thinks is a jackass) and featuring Lil Mama on the undercard.

Lil Mama, whoever that is, issued a statement to explain why she ran on stage during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ performance to close out Sunday night's show.

Beyonce and Jay

“I did not mean any disrespect towards Jay-Z or Alicia Keys,” the rapper and judge on America’s Best Dance Crew says. “I admire them and look up to them as role models. ‘Empire State of Mind’ just had my emotions running high."

"In that moment I came up on stage to celebrate two icons singing about NY.”

AMERICA'S BEST STAGE-CRASHER: Lil Mama was just giving props, yo!

So in conclusion, Lil Mama ran on stage for two reasons:

  1. “Empire State of Mind” is a cool song (no argument here).
  2. It made her want to give props to her two favorite stars.

Lil Mama may want to consider that "celebrating icons" by randomly popping up next to them in the middle of a live television performance is what most law enforcement officials consider stalking and can result in a restraining order.

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Leave it to Lil Mama, whoever that is, to try to close out the already-strange 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with one of the oddest moments of the night.

While it wasn't as ridiculous or rude as Kanye West's meltdown and hijacking of Taylor Swift's speech, the spectacle of Lil Mama climbing on stage for no reason during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' VMA performance last night was still hilariously weird.

For nearly five minutes, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were performing “Empire State of Mind,” a number that was to close the always-memorable MTV award show.

But then there was Lil Mama, appearing out of nowhere, standing awkwardly beside Jay and Alicia in a B-girl stance, whatever that is, as the song ended:

What the hell was Lil Mama doing on stage with Jay-Z?

In short, it was a puzzling and random conclusion to the evening.

A representative for Jay-Z, quoted by Entertainment Weekly this morning, says she has “No clue how it happened.” That makes about 10 million of us.

Viewers and celebrities alike had a field day with it. Fabolous even Twittered "lil mama is JayZ’s hypeman, she jus got there late!" That one's pretty good.

It's actually not as remarkable as it sounds, especially following Kanye's drunken antics, but watching Jay-Z’s understated, yet perplexed-seeming body language when he sees her unannounced appearance is still worth watching.

Follow the jump for a video of Lil Mama crashing Jay-Z's performance ...

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