Yes, despite not having been on the list of performers announced prior to this year’s Academy Awards, the chart-topping rapper made a sudden appearance during the ceremony, much to the shock of viewers at home and, apparently, everyone in the audience.
After a video montage of past hit songs from films was played, Eminem appeared on stage to perform a live rendition of his signature track Lose Yourself, taken from the film 8 Mile.
It’s safe to say the surprise performance garnered quite a range of reactions from the celebrities in the audience, some of whom were up on their feet or rapping along, while others looked utterly bemused by the whole thing...
The crowd reactions to Eminem's Oscars performance is amazing 😂pic.twitter.com/oHIF0WO1pk— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) February 10, 2020
IDINA’S REACTION TO EMINEM SKSKSKSKSKSKSK pic.twitter.com/jHNUjGbSDY— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) February 10, 2020
Lose Yourself earned Eminem the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2002, although the rapper actually declined to attend the ceremony to collect the award at the time, and given it’s also not any noteworthy anniversary of his win, we’re still a little confused as to why he was there in the first place.
Eminem surprise-released his 11th studio album, Music To Be Murdered By, last month, topping the album chart on both sides of the Atlantic.
Other big-name performers at this year’s Oscars included Janelle Monáe, who opened the show with a tribute to the big films of the last 12 months, and Billie Eilish, whose cover of The Beatles’ Yesterday accompanied the “in memoriam” montage.
Check out all the red carpet pictures from this year’s Oscars in the gallery below...
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee
Alison Balsom and Sam Mendes
Kristen Wiig and Gal Gadot
Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker
Elvira Lind and Oscar Isaac
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