Why Eminem Performed At The Oscars 2020

Claire Miles
Mar 12, 2020

Academy Award winner Marshall Mathers surprised everyone during the Oscars this year. More commonly known as Eminem, the rapper popped up on stage to perform a rather unexpected classic. When his 2002 hit “Lose Yourself” started to play, pretty much all the guests and viewers at home, surely, were confused and less than enthused. Many celebrities were seen with a confused look. Take for example Idina Menzel: she bopped her head in time to the music, but her pained expression told a different story. But, on the other hand, there were stars like Kelly Marie Tran, of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” who rapped every word.

There’s a good reason why these stars appeared to be totally baffled. “Lose Yourself” won Eminem the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003. So a lot of people were wondering why, in 2020, he was performing the hit. In an interview with Variety, Eminem said he never expected to win back then, so he didn’t go. Also, he’d performed “Lose Yourself” on the Grammy’s that year a few weeks earlier.

“And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me,” he said. He also explained that the Academy had already planned to include his songs in the montage and then asked Eminem if he wanted to perform it live. He said yes, “because we just put out an album [January’s ‘Music to be Murdered By’], so we said that maybe that’ll make sense with the timing of the new album.” The performance featured an onstage orchestra and a string section. Eminem revealed that he rehearsed about five times off-site to keep it a secret.