Eminem Talks Why He Didn’t Attend Oscar Ceremony When ‘Lose Yourself’ Won Academy Award For Best Original Song


At the Academy Award Ceremony, in 2002, Eminem’s Lose Yourself won Oscar in Best Original Song category and became the first rapper to achieve this accolade but Eminem himself didn’t attend the show. Wonder why? Listen to the rare tape below: 

“Actually, I was sleeping that night. I just felt like I had no chance of winning because, you know, when I heard I was nominated, I thought that was for actors… I was not sure what exactly Grammy or Oscar meant, what a certain award meant, I was not sure what they meant, so even MTV awards, all that stuff, I just didn’t know what awards meant and this particular award…I didn’t go to the show… I just felt like I had a snowballs chance of…I think I got it confused when they said about Oscar. They were talking about the song but I was like ‘ye but isn’t there other movies that got rock songs and stuff like that’ ? At that point, in my life I always thought like rap never gets as fair shake on anything. That was one of the reasons I didn’t go for the first Grammys I was invited to, because I pretty much protested it. I didn’t understand why there was a rap category and best album category and I couldn’t understand why rap album can not be in the best album category”

Listen to Eminem’s Behind the Boards interview: 


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