Here’s The Reason Eminem Performed At The Oscars

The rapper finally got his chance to perform the 18-year-old hit that earned him an Oscar in 2003.

The Oscars are known for iconic moments honoring achievements in film, but last night’s award show featured a surprise performance of a song that won nearly two decades ago.

At the end of a montage highlighting songs made even more famous by movies they were featured in, Eminem surprised the audience by taking the stage and performing his massive hit, “Lose Yourself,” from the 2002 film “8 Mile.”

The performance comes 17 years after the rapper was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song, but was never at the 2003 award show to accept the honor. Eminem tweeted the video of Barbra Streisand announcing his song as the winner. “Sorry it took 18 years to get here,” Eminem said in his tweet.

But why wasn’t he at the Oscars in 2003? Officials from the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were reportedly “nervous” about Eminem’s use of explicit language on their live show. 

“Lose Yourself” spent 23 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts. Sunday night’s performance revealed a crowd with some mixed emotions at first, but they gave him a standing ovation at the end. 

In case you want to feel old, “Lose Yourself” is around the same age as Billie Eilish, who also took the stage to sing a rendition of “Yesterday” by The Beatles during the In Memoriam part of the show.