Eminem’s Oscar performance on Sunday night (February 9) was one of the night’s biggest surprises. He recently told Variety why he decided to perform “Lose Yourself,” nearly twenty years after the 8 Mile song was nominated for an Oscar — and it won, although Eminem decided not to attend the ceremony.
“I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool. 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. And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me.”
He noted that he was home with his daughter that night: “At that point in time Hailie had to be at school early in the morning,” so he was already sleeping when the award was announced. His keyboardist/producer Luis Resto accepted the award, and then called Eminem and woke him up to tell him.
Watch Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” performance below.