Sunday night was the 2020 Oscars, and rapper Eminem took to the stage to perform his hit single, "Lose Yourself," from the film "8 Mile," which won the award for best original song in 2003.
Eminem was not present to receive the award at the time.
"Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity... Thanks for having me@TheAcademy," he wrote, acknowledging his absence 17 years ago. "Sorry it took me 18 years to get here."
Speaking to Behind The Boards a few years later, Em explained why he didn't show up to collect his award:
"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," he said. "I was not sure what exactly Grammy or Oscar meant, what certain awards meant, I was not sure what they meant, so even MTV awards, all that stuff, I just didn't know what awards meant and this particular award…I didn't go to the show… I just felt like I had a snowball's chance of hell of winning."
"At that point, in my life I always thought like rap never gets as fair shake on anything. That was one of the reasons I didn't go for the first Grammys I was invited to, because I pretty much protested it. I didn't understand why there was a rap category and best album category and I couldn't understand why rap album can not be in the best album category."