Sir Elton John was on Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday when he explained his decision to perform with Eminem at the Grammy awards in 2001. Elton reasoned, “Because I loved the record and I looked for him — and everyone was giving him — for being, saying the lyrics are homophobic. I looked at him, I said, ‘You’re not a hateful guy at all.’ And I really loved the album. And I thought — it was a shocking album. I loved it. It’s like, I was talking to you earlier about watching a video last night by System of a Down, and I just hadn’t seen anything that, kind of, wow! For a long time. And when you see that thing, it stays with you and it’s very powerful. And Eminem I found very powerful. And I defended him and I got a lot of crap for it because I’m a gay man, blah, blah, blah. But you know what? And I met him and we rehearsed, and I knew he was a sweetheart. And — you know, he’s — for me it was a privilege to actually do something with someone like that.”
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