Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem was born on 17th October 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the only child of Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. and Deborah Rae “Debbie” (née Nelson). He is of English, Scottish, German, Swiss, Polish and Luxembourgian ancestry. Eminem’s parents were in a band called Daddy Warbucks, playing in Ramada Inns along the Dakotas-Montana border before their separation.
Eminem is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film producer, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time and was labeled the “King of Hip-Hop” by Rolling Stone magazine.
After his debut album Infinite (1996) and the extended playslim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP, which earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
In November 2002, he starred in the drama film 8 Mile playing a fictionalized version of himself, which won the Academy award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself”, making him the first hip hop artist to ever win the award.
The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002’s The Eminem Show, were worldwide successes, with each being certified diamond in U.S. sales and both winning Best Rap Album Grammy Awards—making Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs.
With over 230 million records sold globally, Eminem is among the best-selling music artist of all time. He is the best-selling music artist in the United States in the 2000s. He has won numerous awards including fifteen Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, seventeen Billboard Music Award, an Academy Award Award (for Best Original for “Lose Yourself) and a MTV Europe Music Award for Global Icon Award. Throughout his career, Eminem has had nine number-one albums on the Billboard 200.