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Eminem says he is honoured to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a rapper

Stewart Perrie

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Eminem says he is honoured to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a rapper

Eminem has humbly accepted his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The coveted club was started more than three decades ago and has some impressive names on the wall.

You've got the likes of Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin who have been inducted.

But, over the weekend, it was Slim Shady's turn to accept his nomination and have his name inshrined alongside some of the above legends.

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There was no one more aware of how bizarre it was for a rapper to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than Marshall Mathers.

However, he told the crowd at the 2022 ceremony: “I realise what an honour it is right now to be here up here tonight, and what a privilege it is to do the music that I love."

Eminem often refers to other people in his tracks. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Eminem often refers to other people in his tracks. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

He explained how his rap career helped him battle his darkest demons.

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“Music basically saved my life," he said. "I’ll keep this as painless as possible.

"I’m f**king stuttering and s**t. I’m probably not supposed to actually be here tonight because of a couple of reasons.

"One, I know that I’m a rapper, and this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"There’s only a few of us who have been inducted already. Secondly, I almost died from an overdose in 2007, which kind of sucked.”

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While he revealed how close he was to death because of his drug use, he didn't exactly warn people against them.

Eminem addressed his 26-year-old daughter, Hailie, who was in the crowd, and told her not to follow in his footsteps with that behaviour.

“Hailie, plug your ears," he said. "Because drugs were f**king delicious. I thought we had a good thing going on, but I had to go and f**k it all up. Goddamn.”

Slim Shady was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Dr Dre, who bestowed some beautiful praise for the fellow artist.

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Dre explained: “I knew that his gifts were undeniable. Each of us were exactly what the other one needed—and I was willing to bet my entire career on that.”

Eminem treated the crowd to a medley of his biggest hits, which included a duet with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler for 'Sing for the Moment' as well as with Ed Sheeran for 'Stan'.

In addition to Em, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, and Pat Benatar were also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Featured Image Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News. AFF / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Music, Eminem, Celebrity

Stewart Perrie
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