Rapper Eminem shocked Oscars guests Sunday night with a surprise performance of “Lose Yourself” 17 years after he won an Oscar for the song.
Eminem recently dropped his album “Music To Be Murdered By” as a surprise as well. The Oscars performance was also kept a secret, and if it got leaked to the media, Eminem had the option to back out. (RELATED: Anonymous Academy Awards Member Gives Brutal Review Of Barack Obama’s Documentary ‘American Factory’)
“I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool,” Eminem told Variety about his decision to perform. “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!'” he added. “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.”