Legendary rapper Eminem stunned audience and viewers with a surprise performance of his Oscar-winning hit, “Lose Yourself” at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 9, 2020).
Eminem performed at the Oscars for the first time after winning the Oscar for Best Original Song seventeen years ago for the lead track from his semi-autobiographical movie, 8 Mile. His unexpected set occurred following a montage of clips celebrating memorable movie songs. The surprise rendition became the most trending moment on social media from the awards show.
After the performance, Eminem, who did not attend the 2003 prizegiving, took to Twitter to mark the occasion and celebrate his first time on the Oscars stage. “Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity…,” he began, referencing the lyrics to the song. “Thanks for having me @TheAcademy,” he added. “Sorry it took me 18 years to get here.”
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The performance also allowed Eminem to catch up with friend Elton John, who won the prize this year for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman.
“I got to see my Uncle Elton tonight at the Oscars. Congrats on your win too, Sir!” Eminem captioned the image.
Shortly after the performance, the hashtags “#EminemIsCANCELLED” and “#EminemIsOverParty” began trending on Twitter, in response to his controversial homophobic lyrics. Eminem recently came under fire over his new song “Unaccommodating,” from his chart-topping album Music to Be Murdered By, which features references to the 2017 bombing at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena gig.