Rap superstar Eminem stunned the audience and viewers alike at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday (February 9, 2020) by staging a surprise performance of his Oscar-winning hit, Lose Yourself.
The hip-hop icon appeared onstage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles almost two decades after he became the first rapper to win gold, earning the Best Original Song title for the lead track from his semi-autobiographical movie, 8 Mile.
His unexpected set occurred following a montage of clips celebrating memorable movie songs, and had guests like Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot and Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran happily rapping along to Lose Yourself from their seats, while singer Billie Eilish also appeared to enjoy the segment.
After the performance, Eminem, who did not attend the 2003 prizegiving, took to Twitter to mark the occasion and celebrate his first time on the Oscars stage.
“Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity…,” he began, referencing the lyrics to the song.
“Thanks for having me @TheAcademy,” he added. “Sorry it took me 18 years to get here.”