Eminem explains why he performed at the Oscars, 17 years after winning

Eminem explains why he performed at the Oscars, 17 years after winning
One of the few surprises at Sunday’s Oscars had nothing to do with the actual awards themselves — well, unless you were thinking about past Oscar winners. After a montage celebrating songs in movies, Eminem popped up onstage and launched into a rousing performance of “Lose Yourself,” his “8 Mile” (2002) anthem that won Best Original Song 17 years ago. He didn’t show up then to perform or accept the prize, so why now? Well, better late than never.

“I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool,” the rapper explained to our sister site “Variety.” “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.
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