Back in 2001 Eminem’s four Grammy nominations for his second studio album The Marshall Mathers LP adn performing with Elton John caused lots of controversy. “Evil” is how one leading gay-rights activist described Elton John’s decision to perform with Eminem at Wednesday night’s Grammy awards.
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) held a “town hall” meeting called “Intolerance in Music,” in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). But despite the Recording Academy’s promise to bring together artists, young fans and members of GLAAD, the meeting took place with only about 30 members of the public, outnumbered by almost three times as many journalists. Several artists — including Eminem’s producer Dr. Dre — were asked to attend, but none showed up.
In his opening remarks at the gathering at the Los Angeles Public Library on Tuesday (February 20), GLAAD entertainment media director R. Scott Seomin said he was “not here to speak out against Eminem. We’re here to speak out against his lyrics, which encourage violence against gays and lesbians and women.”
But artists from Madonna to Stevie Wonder stood up in support of the controversial rapper on the eve of the music industry’s biggest night.
“As a gay artist, I’m asked by a lot of people, ‘But what about the content of Eminem’s music?’ I think there is far more humor on the album than people think. It appeals to my English black sense of humor. We live in an age of political correctness where you can’t say this or that. I honestly don’t think people will go out and start beating and killing people because of this album.” John said The Marshall Mathers LP got his vote for album of the year.” – Elton John
“Since when is offensive language a reason for being unpopular? I like the fact that Eminem is brash and angry and politically incorrect. At least he has an opinion. He’s stirring things up, he’s provoking a discussion, he’s making people’s blood boil. He’s reflecting what’s going on in society right now. That is what art is supposed to do.” – Madonna
“Rap to me is a modern blues — a statement of how and where people are at. I think art is a reflection of our society, and people don’t like to confront the realities in society. We dance forever around the issues, and embrace songs about unity and love. But until we really confront the truth, we are going to have a Tupac or Eminem or Biggie Smalls to remind us about it — and thank God. They force people to look at realities in society. That doesn’t mean their reflection is my reflection.” – Stevie Wonder
“I don’t know from his work that he genuinely hates women or genuinely hates his mother, but I know that he’s funny. I can’t imagine people sit around the studio going, ‘You really made a serious statement about women, Em.’ He’s the best comic sort of writer or storyteller that has come around in memory” – Randy Newman (the Grammy-winning songwriter and composer of the soundtrack to Disney’s “Toy Story”)
After some years, The Marshall Mathers LP became the best selling hip-hop album of all time, WORLDWIDE (32 million copies sold to date)…. You can read the full article on MTV and check some images of protestants below