Eminem surprised everyone with the unannounced performance at the Oscars 2020 on Sunday night. Eminem performed Love Yourself, which has won him an Academy Award back in 2003, but was not present at the ceremony to perform or accept the award.
Eminem's secret performance was so secret, that for rehearsals the Dolby Theater was put on lockdown, and if news of his performance broke to the media, he had the option to cancel.
He had tweeted about the opportunity on social media by his account, Marshall Mathers, and said, "Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity... Thanks for having me @TheAcademy. Sorry it took me 18 years to get here."
On Monday Variety got a chance to talk to the rapper and he revealed the reason behind performing Lose Yourself, 17 years after his academy award win. He said, "I kinda figured maybe since I didn't get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool."
He also talked about not attending the ceremony back in 2003,"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."
On finding out about the win, Eminem said it changed how he looked at the awards, "That to me shows how authentic and real that award is - when you don't show up and you still win. That makes it very real to me."
In 2003, the award was presented by Barbra Streisand and was accepted by Eminem's keyboard player, collaborator Luis Resto.