The Oscars 2020 | Legendary comeback from Eminem “Lose Yourself” Live | FOX
If you had a second chance at performing at the Oscars, wouldn’t you take it? That’s Eminem’s explanation for his surprise performance at this year’s Academy Awards, stating that he wanted a second chance after refusing to perform his hit song “Lost Yourself” nearly 18 years ago. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Song in 2003 for his biographical film 8 Mile – but he didn’t show up to accept the award. The rapper claimed he didn’t make an appearance all those years ago because he didn’t actually think he had a shot at winning.
In an interview for Behind the Boards in 2007, he said, “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.”
Some sources say that Eminem refused to perform in 2003 because he didn’t want to sing a censored version of the song.
Eminem’s comeback performance was kept under wraps from the media. According to Variety, sources say the Dolby Theater was put on lockdown during rehearsals to prevent the news from leaking.