Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Barbra Streisand voted for Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' at 2003 Oscars

Barbra Streisand voted for Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' at 2003 Oscars

Eminem performs Lose Yourself at the Oscars on Monday. However, actor and comedian Billy Eichner took issue with the Academy for allowing Eminem to take the stage, citing the Detroit rapper's past lyrics that included numerous homophobic slurs.

Oscars 2020: How do the Academy Awards work? Plus, the rapper said he was very pleased to attend the show since it meant he got a hug from Salma Hayak. Some wondered why Oscar producers chose to resurrect a song from almost two decades ago that had no relevance to the year's crop of nominations. Back then, I never even thought that I had a chance to win, and we had just performed "Lose yourself" on the Grammys.

His interview also gave him the opportunity to clear up any rumors surrounding his absence from the 2002, where he would've been presented with an Oscar by Barbra Streisand.

According to Variety, the Dolby Theater was put on lockdown during rehearsals, and if news of the appearance leaked to the media, he had the option to cancel. "When I found out I won, 'That's crazy!' That to me shows how authentic and real that award is".

"The younger me", he added, "didn't really feel like a show like that would understand me". This begs the question - do the Oscars understand him now? At the end of a montage celebrating iconic songs made famous by movies, clips of 8 Mile were projected on the screen as the instantly recognizable chug of "Lose Yourself" played along.

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He also shot down rumors that he didn't perform because the Academy demanded he perform a "clean" version of the song.

"I remember being kinda confused about why I was even up for one".

Immediately after taking the stage, Mathers' tweeted "Sorry it took me 18 years to get here" to his 22.9 million followers.

And even though it took 17 years to get there, it was all worth it. He went on to elucidate, "I believe it was both [the Oscars"] concept or Paul and [longtime publicist Dennis Dennehy's] concept earlier than they introduced it to me.

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