Eminem opens up about his surprise performance of Lose Yourself at Oscars 2020
Interestingly, Eminem, who won an Oscar for the song in 2003, did not attend the ceremony then
One of the major surprises at the Oscars 2020 was rapper Eminem's out-of-the-blue performance of Lose yourself, a song that won him an Academy Award 17 years ago.
Interestingly, Eminem did not attend the ceremony in 2003, and his associate Luis Resto accepted the award from legendary actress-singer Barbra Streisand.
In an interview with variety.com, Marshall Mathers aka Eminem, opened up about how his Sunday night performance came together. "I figured 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 a show like that would understand me," said the rapper.
"But then when I found out I won, I went, '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," he added.
"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," said Eminem.
The rapper also dismissed allegations that he did not perform the song in 2003 because the Academy wanted him to sing a censored version of the song. "Oh no, that wasn't the case at all, because there's not even that many cuss words in it — there are only a couple. That's not true at all," he clarified.
However, Eminem did reveal that he enjoyed being at Oscars this year. "Absolutely. I got to hug Salma Hayek," he shared.