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Eminem Biography

Birth Name:
Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Birth Place:
St. Joseph, Missouri, United States
Rapper, actor, record producer

Fast Facts

  • Drawn to rap as a kid and began performing at age 14
  • Adopted stage name M&M from his initials, which later became Eminem
  • Released debut album Infinite in 1996
  • Placed second in freestyle competition at the 1997 Rap Olympics in Los Angeles
  • In 1999 released his first major label album, The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy as Best Rap Album; his next two albums (The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show) also won Grammys
  • Starred in semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile in 2002
  • Won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile
  • Selected by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
  • Published autobiography The Way I Am in 2008
  • Named by Billboard in 2009 as the Artist of the Decade
  • Won back-to-back Grammys for Best Rap Album for 2009's Relapse and 2010's Recovery


  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: winner
  • 2002Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): winner