Eminem finally performs ‘Lose Yourself’ at the Oscars, surprising (and confusing) fans
Eminem? At the Oscars? In 2020? Yep, that happened.
The rapper, 47, took a surprise turn at the award show for his track “Loose Yourself” at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday – earning a decent amount of reactions from celebs watching in-house viewers and fans.
The 2002 track “8 Mile” was featured in the film and won the Oscar for Best Original Song the following year. Eminem left the award show and missed performing at the time.
On Twitter, he partially quoted the song’s lyrics after a head-turning performance that left some fans wondering why they were on the Oscars stage.
“Look, if you had one more shot, one more opportunity … Thank you to me @ TheAcademy. Sorry it took me 18 years to get here,” he tweeted along with a video clip of Barbara Streisand, who shared the awards. Presents.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 10, 2020
Twitter was quick to react to the performance, including sharing reactions captured in the star-studded crowd.
Lin-Manuel Miranda offered a package of clips, deviating from the use of pop music in films, before a bearded Eminem rose from the stage to perform.
It was one of the most spectacular moments of the evening. Grammy-winner Billy Ellisch later left his Jauhar to perform on the show. Several other audience members were shown cheering or clapping at their seats, including actresses Zazzi Beitz and Kelly Marie Tran, and musician-actress Janelle Monai, who opened the show.
Director Martin Scorsese was not one of them. When the camera found him in the crowd, he appeared to close his eyes for a while.
Backstage producer Lynette Howell Taylor was particularly excited, save for a momentary panic that she doesn’t have her own mic. He later said “We did it! We (the exitive) did it.”
The rapper received a standing ovation when he finished.