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Eminem Explains Why It Took Him 17 Years to Perform 'Lose Yourself' At Oscars

By Daryl Nelson
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Eminem may have a new album with Music To Be Murdered By, but on Sunday he performed his 2002 cut "Lose Yourself" at the Oscars. 

It was a song that Em won Best Original Song for at the 2003 Oscars, but he didn't show up at the ceremony to accept the trophy.

The legendary rapper explained why it took him so long to perform the song at the Oscars during a newly released interview with Variety.

"Back then, I never even thought that I had a chance to win, and we had just performed 'Lose Yourself' on the Grammys with the Roots a couple of weeks before the Oscars, so we didn’t think it was a good idea," he explained. 

"And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me," he added. "But then when I found out I won ...  That to me shows how authentic and real that award is,  when you don’t show up and you still win. That makes it very real to me."

What do you think about Em's Oscar performance? You can check it out below if you missed it.

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