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Eminem Tells Why He Performed At The 2020 Oscars

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By Jimmy Ha

There’s no doubt that veteran rapper, Eminem, shocked everyone during Sunday night's broadcast of the Oscars with an unannounced performance of "Lose Yourself."

The rapper, 47, won an Oscar for the song, which was featured in the movie "8 Mile," back in March of 2003. But he was not present at that particular Oscars ceremony 17 years ago.

In an interview with Variety published on Monday, Eminem, opened up about why he decided to do the performance on the Oscars stage this year.

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"I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool," said Eminem. "Back then, I never even thought that I had a chance to win, and we had just performed 'Lose Yourself' on the Grammys with the Roots a couple of weeks before the Oscars, so we didn’t think it was a good idea."

He added, "And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me."

And as it turned out, not only was the film a huge success, but it had a great shot at winning that year and the rapper just could’t believe it at the time.

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"That to me shows how authentic and real that award is, when you don’t show up and you still win," he said. That makes it very real to me."

Eminem said that he didn't even watch the 2003 ceremony on TV, but he was at home with his daughter, who ‘had to be at school the next morning’.

"I don’t know that I was disappointed [to have missed it], I was blown back by the fact that I won," said Eminem. "I don’t even think I understood back then that you could get an Oscar for a song, and I remember being kinda confused about why I was even up for one, because as a kid with the Oscars, it was like a vacuum."

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That year, the award was presented by Barbra Streisand and was accepted by Eminem's keyboard player.

"Luis Resto, my keyboard player who produces records with me, went up and accepted it — and I know people were probably like, 'Who the f--k is this guy?'" said the rapper. "So he called me, and I remember the phone kept ringing, and I’m like 'Motherf*er, I’m tryin’ to sleep!' But [I answered] and he’s like 'Hey man, you won!' 'I did? St! Cool!' But that was a different time and I was in a different place in my life."

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This year, the Academy reached out to Eminem and invited him to perform and he accepted. This performance was also timely due to the fact that he just released his newest album titled, "Music To Be Murdered By” in January.

"We flew in [to Los Angeles] last week, so we probably have four or five rehearsals just to make sure we got everything right," he said of how the show came together. "Most of the rehearsals were offsite, not in [the Dolby Theater], just trying to keep it secret."

Recently, there have been tons of memes, and online montages poking fun at the rapper’s performance at the 2020 Oscars. But regardless of what the internet is saying, the veteran rapper received a standing ovation from his peers and continues to solidify his status as one of the greatest rappers to ever live.

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