In a rare interview with ‘Variety,’ Detroit rapper Eminem has shared his thoughts about the stage show at the Oscars, revealing why he finally performed after 17 years.
If you remember, Eminem won an Oscar for the song ‘Lose Yourself’ 17 years ago, but he couldn’t get the prize for not attending the awards ceremony. 17 years have passed, and the rapper surprised the audience with his ‘Lose Yourself’ performance at the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony.
Eminem came together with Variety on the phone conversation, Eminem said that why he didn’t attend the ceremony in 2003 and what he did that night 17 years ago.
Here’s what Eminem stated:
“I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool. 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.
And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me.
But then when I found out I won, ‘That’s crazy!’ That to me shows how authentic and real that award is — when you don’t show up and you still win. That makes it very real to me.”
“I think I was just at home with my daughter — and I didn’t watch it, either. At that point in time Hailie had to be at school early in the morning, so [I was sleeping].
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— is this guy?’
So he called me, and I remember the phone kept ringing, and I’m like ‘Motherf—, I’m tryin’ to sleep!’ But [I answered] and he’s like ‘Hey man, you won!’ ‘I did? Sh–! Cool!’ But that was a different time and I was in a different place in my life.”
You can watch Eminem’s Oscar performance below.
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