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Marshall Bruce Mathers III
October 17, 1972
St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
|Home town||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
Kimberly Anne Scott
(m. 1999; div. 2001)
(m. 2006; div. 2006)
|Awards||List of awards and nominations|
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph), better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He gained rapid popularity in 1999 with the release of the album The Slim Shady LP, which won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album that year. His next work, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the best-selling solo album in U.S. history. This made him known around the world, and helped publicize his record label, Shady Records, and his group, D12.
The Marshall Mathers LP and his fourth album, The Eminem Show, also won the Grammy Awards, making him the first artist to win the Best Rap Album of the Year award three times in a row. In 2003, he won an Oscar for Best Original Song with "Lose Yourself," which was featured in his semi-biopic, 8 Mile. "Lose Yourself" would become the single that for the longest time occupied the top spot of the hip-hop charts. In 2004, rumors about the end of his career were announced after the release of Encore, which were ended with the announcement of Relapse, officially released on May 15, 2009.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Eminem was the best selling artist of the 2000s in the United States and is currently the 30th best selling artist of all time, according to the ranking of the RIAA, with 115 million albums sold worldwide, making him one of the record sales recording artists. In 2010, he released Recovery, which featured the single "Love the Way You Lie," which was a huge commercial success. Recovery became the sixth album in-a-row by Eminem to start in the first position of the United States. At first, the album was at the top for five weeks in a row, returning later to two, and adding up to seven weeks in total.
Eminem was voted #79 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list. On a similar list, he was ranked 82nd by Rolling Stone magazine. Including work with D12, Eminem piles up 9 albums at the top of the Billboard Top 200, 7 solo (6 studio, 1 compilation) and 2 solo with D12. He has 13 singles in the top position worldwide. Such a success made Eminem be recognized by the Billboard as the Artist of the Decade. According to the same Billboard, the rapper had two of the five best-selling albums between 2000 and 2009. Eminem has also sold more than 17 million downloads of his songs in the United States alone. In 2010, MTV ranked Eminem as the seventh-largest icon in pop music history. In 2009, Eminem was elected, in popular voting, the best rapper of all time by Vibe magazine, beating Tupac in the finals.
Eminem has one biological daughter named Hailie Jade Scott Mathers by ex-wife Kimberly Anne Scott Mathers. Kimberly and Eminem married in 1999.
He has adopted Kang Hyewon as his daughter. He is the legal guardian of his half-brother, Nathan.
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