On this day, exactly 16 years ago (May 16, 2000), Eminem released “The Real Slim Shady” as the lead single of The Marshall Mathers LP. The song was later released in 2005 on Eminem’s greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits.
“The Real Slim Shady” was Eminem’s first song to reach number one in the United Kingdom, it also peaked at number one in Canada and Ireland and at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving him his biggest hit up to that point. The song was the 14th best selling of 2000 in the United Kingdom.
“The Real Slim Shady” was very successful at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, winning awards for Video of the Year and Best Male Video, as well as being a nominee for Best Rap Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Viewer’s Choice. The song was also performed by Eminem at the show with look-a-likes of himself, as in the video.
“The Real Slim Shady” also won at the 43rd Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance.
In October 2011, NME placed the song at number 80 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years” and was listed at number 396 on NME’s 500 greatest songs of all time.
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