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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Eminem performs onstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Eminem’s Oscar performance on Sunday night (February 9) was one of the night’s biggest surprises. He recently told Variety why he decided to perform “Lose Yourself,” nearly twenty years after the 8 Mile song was nominated for an Oscar — and it won, although Eminem decided not to attend the ceremony.

“I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool. 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. And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me.”

He noted that he was home with his daughter that night: “At that point in time Hailie had to be at school early in the morning,” so he was already sleeping when the award was announced. His keyboardist/producer Luis Resto accepted the award, and then called Eminem and woke him up to tell him.

Watch Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” performance below.

Eminem Performs 'Lose Yourself' at Oscars 2020

Eminem performs his Oscar winning song, 'Lose Yourself,' from the film 8 MILE. This is the first time Eminem has performed the song live on the Oscars stage. See more performances and highlights at Oscar.com and in the ABC app!