2010: Eminem took home the Grammy for Best Rap Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, 2010.
Em’s 2009 album Relapse proved to be a pivotal album in the Rap God’s career. After canceling a tour, spiraling out of control on a drug addiction, stumbling through an 11-week remarriage to his former wife Kim and mourning the death of his hometown friend DeShaun ‘Proof’ Holton all within the span of a three-year period, the Detroit MC checked himself into a rehab program to clear his mind and channel his pain into lyrics. The resulting 20-track album of Relapse was filled with honest, painstaking and gritty storytelling from Em’s alter-ego Slim Shady.
Relapse debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 610,000 copies in the first week and received positive reviews from fans and critics. On Grammy night in 2010, the LP was up against Common’s Universal Mind Control, Flo Rida’s R.O.O.T.S., Mos Def’s The Ecstatic and Q-Tip’s The Renaissance in the Best Rap Album category.
Though Eminem performed at the ceremony with Lil Wayne, Drake and drummer Travis Barker, he did not accept the award during the televised program. This 2010 award brought Em’s golden gramophone tally to 11.