Oscars 2020: Eminem surprises fans with his 2003 Best Original Song 'Lose Yourself', gets a standing ovation
The rapper performed the iconic Oscar-winning song after missing the chance to accept the award in 2003
After his 2003 Best Original Song win for 'Lose Yourself', the song hit the stage again tonight as Eminem performed live tonight. But this was the first time the rapper was on the Oscars stage. Despite winning, Eminem never made it to the Oscars in 2003. Better late than never!
Fans were ecstatic to see the rapper on the Oscars stage. Some pointed out this would make up for him missing it nearly two decades ago. A user tweeted, "Perhaps the #Eminem thing was a catch-up - he skipped the #Oscars where that song won"
Another viewer tweeted the real reason Eminem missed out on accepting his award in person, "Yo fun fact Eminem didn’t go to the #Oscars when he got nominated for Lose Yourself like 18 years ago bc he didn’t think he was going to win, so he spent the night watching cartoons with his daughter AND ended up winning that night. just performed THAT winning song."
The rapper himself tweeted, "Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity... Thanks for having me @TheAcademy. Sorry it took me 18 years to get here."
But many fans were ticked off with how much of Eminem's rap was censored, such as this user who tweeted, "I was about to start smacking my TV thinking the sound was cutting out. Turns out it was just Dad Bod Eminem at the Oscars getting bleeped for about 38% of the song."
Another user thinks the audience was not enthusiastic enough, tweeting, "These white people are not appreciating Eminem as much as they should. He hasn’t been back since 8 Mile was nominated for an #Oscar."
But another user pointed out that 'Lose Yourself' is a song that transcends all boundaries, tweeting, "It was pretty epic watching an array of generations, gender identities and races sing along with @Eminem at the #Oscars / This is the power of a great song."
There was another reason this performance was iconic. "The fact that my favorite rapper performed on my favorite show of the year and was introduced by one of my heroes, @Lin_Manuel is TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE," a viewer tweeted.
Some users definitely found humor amidst the shock of Eminem showing up with no announcement. A user tweeted, "Marshall, you gotta stop surprising people outta no where," to which another responds "Giving people heart attacks," but let's be honest - that's what makes Eminem a true icon!