Eminem sings duet with Steven Tyler and Ed Sheeran at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction
Eminem celebrated his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony by sharing the stage with Ed Sheeran and Aerosmith Steven Tyler.
Eminem was part of the Class of 2022 inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Pat Benatar and more. The star-studded induction ceremony was filmed at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will premiere Saturday, November 19 via HBO.
The 15-time Grammy winner flaunted a gold chain and a hooded leather jacket, opening with his 1999 hit “My Name Is” and quickly jumping into his peak single “Rap God” from 2013, before joining the stage with Steven Tyler for a duet of “Sing For The Moment” (which samples Aerosmith’s “Dream On”).
After the high-energy performance, Ed Sheeran took the stage to sing Dido’s parts in “Stan”, playing guitar alongside the rapper. Eminem then closed the show with his chart-topping tracks “Forever” and “Not Afraid.”
Eminem’s longtime friend and mentor, Dr. Dre, inducted him into the Hall of Fame. Dre went on to share his first encounter with the rapper, detailing the controversy he faced from his team over signing “just because he was white.” However, he took a gamble on the Detroit native and was still glad he did.
He boasted (according to The Los Angeles Time) that “Eminem wasn’t just an underdog who shattered hip-hop’s glass ceiling — he shattered that shit.” He praised the fact that Eminem “brought hip-hop to Central America”, while his music “holds up a mirror of white America”.
He also praised Eminem for his ability to turn his struggles into art.
“Em would continue to overdose, relapse and recover not only on his albums, but in real life as well. Let me tell you something, this guy goes through a lot of bullshit just to come up with a concept for a song.
The hip-hop entertainer struggled to receive the induction, saying in his acceptance speech that he shouldn’t be at the ceremony because he’s a rapper and “it’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”, and because he almost died in 2007 due to a drug overdose.
He ended his speech by singing the praises of the myriad rappers who influenced his career, including Tupac, Notorious BIG, De La Soul, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg.
“These are just a few of the names that I hope will be considered for induction in the future, because without them many of us would not be here. This induction is supposed to be me talking about me and shit, but shit. I wouldn’t be here without them,” Eminem said. “I’m a high school dropout with a hip-hop upbringing and these are my teachers. It’s their night as much as mine.
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