GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Eminem Win Best Rap Album For 'The Marshall Mathers LP' In 2001
You've never seen a sparkle of avuncular pride like Dr. Dre's. At the 2001 GRAMMYs Awards show, when Eminem won Best Rap Album for the previous year's kingmaking The Marshall Mathers LP, he shouted out Dre, who helped get his career going in the first place. Dre's facial expression says it all: "That's my boy!"
In the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we can revisit Eminem's big win 20 years on. Baggily dressed and backed by his D12 collective, he gives presenter Toni Braxton a peck on the cheek and acknowledges his status as "Mr. Controversy."
Eminem was in the hot seat at the time with gay-rights and womens' groups due to his perceived lyrical offenses, but he begins his speech on a magnanimous note. "I want to thank everybody who could see past the controversy, or whatever, and see the album for what it was," he says. "And also for what it isn't."
The "Stan" and "The Real Slim Shady" rapper goes on to shout out a litany of industry figures who saw his way to the top. He sends love to his daughter, Hailie, too. And to Dre, he says with more than a hint of gratitude: "Thank you, sir. Once again, you got me up here."
Watch Eminem's acceptance speech above and check out more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind here.