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Eminem Explains His Surprise Oscar Performance & Reveals What He Was Doing The Night He Won Best Original Song In 2003

Eminem Explains His Surprise Oscar Performance & Reveals What He Was Doing The Night He Won Best Original Song In 2003

It's been 17 years since Eminem won an Oscar for "Lose Yourself", and this year, the MC surprised the Oscars 2020 audience with a performance of the track. Up until that point, the proceedings had been relatively sedate. "When you don't show up and you still win", Eminem said. But why did Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) perform this throwback in the first place? Billie Eilish looked absolutely dumbfounded, while Martin Scorsese appeared to be falling asleep.

Mills told Entertainment Tonight there were only a handful of people in on the surprise, which had apparently been in the works for years.

Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a montage of famous musical moments from movies, ranging from "Tiny Dancer" of Almost Famous to "Don't You (Forget About Me)" of The Breakfast Club to many more.

According to Robert Mills, a programming executive at ABC, which aired the Oscars in the USA, the Academy had conceived a fake "back-up" rehearsal number to throw anyone who wandered in unannounced off the scent. "There are just these songs when you have an iconic performer opening with an anthem like that it just gets everybody pumped up", he said.

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Following his performance, Eminem tweeted: "Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity..." The "Rap God" hitmaker noted that he did not get a chance to perform when he won the Oscar for "Lose Yourself" in 2003 and thought it would be fantastic if he could do it this time. "Sorry it took 18 years to get here". "I wasn't sure what exactly Grammy or Oscar meant, what certain awards meant, I wasn't sure what they meant, so even the MTV awards, all that, I just didn't know what the awards meant and this particular prize ..." "Don't go to the show ..." The Detroit native explained that he thought the Oscars couldn't understand a person like him at that time in his life.

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Eminem's performance comes after the release of his new album, Music to Be Murdered By.

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