Before the Academy Award for Best Original Song was announced at the 2020 Oscar, Eminem appeared to deliver a surprise performance at the ceremony. He popped up from the stage sporting a beard to rap his 2001 hit song “Lose Yourself.”
Leading into the performance was a montage of best original songs from prior years at the Oscars including “Footloose,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Eye of the Tiger” and more. The montage ended with the beginning of “Lose Yourself,” and the camera panned out to show Eminem taking the stage.
Eminem wore a black jacket and hat, his usual performance uniform. At the end of his song, an image of Detroit was shown on the screen behind the stage. The Detroit Native received a standing ovation for his performance.
The camera panned around the show while Eminem performed, showing reactions of celebrities. Brie Larson looked ecstatic, while Billie Eilish and her brother nodded along with the lyrics. Many audience members were seen mouthing the words along with the performance and some were seen headbanging.
There were some moments of silence when it the broadcast was censoring swear words in the song.
Lose Yourself Won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2002
In 2002 after the debut of Eminem’s movie 8 Mile, “Lose Yourself” was awarded with the award for the best original song. The film was a biopic about Eminem’s life before he became a famous rapper and the difficulties he’d gone through before he got to where he is today. He played himself in the movie.
After the performance aired, Mathers took to Twitter to show his love for the Academy, which surprised some fans since he has previously denounced it. The rapper did not attend the award show when 8 Mile was nominated.
“Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity… Thanks for having me @TheAcademy. Sorry it took me 18 years to get here,” the rapper tweeted along with the video of the award being announced.
The song was written and produced by Eminem along with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass. They released the song in 2002 along with the soundtrack for the film.
“Lose Yourself” became Eminem’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single. It remained on the list for 12 weeks. He was the first-ever rapper to receive the Academy Award, and he is still the only rapper to win the award with solo effort.
Viewers Took to Twitter to Express Confusion
Twitter had mixed reactions to the performance; some users talked about how old the song was and others tweeted that the song was performed to “hype everyone up” at just the right time. After Mathers himself tweeted, users replied to him to express their thanks for the performance.
One user wrote: “The amount of celebrities that knew ‘Lose Yourself’ word for word, me screaming when I heard the song come on; just shows all is forgiven.”
Personalities replied to Eminem’s Tweet including streamer TimTheTatman.
Overall, viewers were surprised to see Eminem take the stage at the awards.
The 2020 Academy Awards are being held in Hollywood, California.