Asked by Charlie Schulist OscarsEminem
Why did Eminem perform at the 2020 Oscars?
I know “Lose Yourself” won an Oscar like a million years ago, but why’d they have him perform it now? Am I missing something?
February 10, 2020 5:25PM
No, you’re not missing anything. We’re all confused.
Eminem wasn’t up for any awards this year, and there was nothing that suddenly made “Lose Yourself” more culturally relevant this year. The rapper’s tweet about his performance implied that it was to make up for the fact that he couldn’t make it to the 2003 ceremony where “Lose Yourself” was honored with Best Original Song. And since the performance was introduced with a montage about the power of music in films, I guess that’s what made it make sense?
We’re all talking about it, anyway, and that was clearly the goal.