Eminem Explains Why He Performed 17-Year-Old “Lose Yourself” at Sunday’s Oscars

Eminem Explains Why He Performed 17-Year-Old “Lose Yourself” at Sunday’s Oscars

The big question after Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t about the winners, but why Eminem made a surprise appearance singing “Lose Yourself,” a song that won an Oscar 17 years ago. As it turns out, the rapper tells <i>Variety</i> that he was simply asked to appear, spurred on by the fact that his movie <i>8 Mile</i> was part of a montage of clips for the sound editing/mixing award. “I think that’s pretty much how it went,” he said. “And it was cool because we just put out an album, so we said maybe that’ll make sense with the timing of the new album.” Em added that he was down with the secrecy (“It was presented to me that way and I said, ‘Oh that’s kinda dope, to not even announce it.'”) and said they rehearsed off-site to maintain the surprise. And while Eminem skipped the ceremony at which “Lose Yourself” won the award in 2003–“Back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me,” he explained–he enjoyed himself this year: “I got to hug Salma Hayek!”

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