Eminem's comeback will strike chord at Grammys

Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:08pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reformed pill-popper Eminem has written the prescription for Grammys success on Sunday.

The 38-year-old rapper, riding a natural high after a successful comeback album recounted his near-fatal struggle with addiction, leads the field of contenders at the music industry's top awards with 10 nominations.

He will vie for honors in the key races of album, record and song of the year -- none of which he has ever won before.

If tradition is anything to go by, Eminem will add plenty of statuettes to a shelf already groaning under the weight of 11 Grammys, all but one for victories in the rap field.

The 12,000 music industry insiders who vote for the Grammys love to reward artists making career comebacks, especially if they have overcome personal setbacks along the way, and Eminem fulfills those criteria.

The rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, went almost five years between studio albums. He spent much of his time holed up in his Detroit home battling an addiction to prescription medication, and nearly died of a methadone overdose in 2007.

Eminem returned to the limelight in 2009 with "Relapse," which yielded two Grammys, and followed up last June with "Recovery," in which he detailed his descent into madness, loss of self-esteem, and struggles with writers' block.

Critics loved his brutal honesty. Fans made "Recovery" the biggest selling album of the year in the United States.

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