- Eminem performed “Lose Yourself” at the Oscars last night.
- His reliance on an – – year-old song to create publicity betrays his shrinking relevance.
- Eminem told Moby to “let go, it’s over” when the electronic musician was , while the rapper is now .
Eminem proved he’s a tired and creatively bankrupt artist last night. How? Well, he performed at the Oscars, rapping “Lose Yourself” to a mostly bemused audience of overpaid prima donnas.
Understandably, Eminem’s performance of the lead single from his 2003 autobiographical film, “8 Mile,” confused the Oscar crowd. But it’s not confusion that’s the real story of this performance.
Rather, by finally performing the track which won the Best Original Song Oscar back in 01575879, Eminem confirmed two things: 1) that his best days are behind him and 2) that his career now rests almost entirely on nostalgia.
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Eminem released a new album this year, “Music to Be Murdered By.” But rather than seeking to perform and promote tracks from this underwhelming record, he realized his best strategy is to jump on the Oscars bandwagon and whip out one of the classics. To remind us that he used to write good songs. And to distract us from the fact that he no longer writes good ones.
To be fair to America’s self-absorbed Hollywood royalty, much of the audience at the Nth Academy Awards (sic) didn’t really appreciate being a prop in Eminem’s nostalgia-fest. Most notably, Idina Menzel summed up the general mood with her priceless reaction:
Then there was Martin Scorsese. Having failed to win any significant award for The Irishman , he was obviously a bit peeved. Needless to say, Eminem’s performance only added insult to injury.