He was christened Marshall Bruce Mathers lll in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 17, 1972. His parents band, Daddy Warbucks, performed primarily in Ramada Inns in the Dakotas and Montana. As so many young men do, Marshall grew up without a father’s influence in his life. He was interested in storytelling as a child and dreamed of becoming a comic-book artist. Growing up he assembled ‘D12,’ a group of local rappers who quickly gained wide-spread attention. His chance meeting and ongoing association with Dr. Dre produced a run of highly successful albums which have established Eminem, aka Slim Shady, as one of if not the most successful performers in the industry of rap. Since his debut album release in 1996, rapper, record producer and actor Eminem has sold more than 42 million tracks and 49.1 million albums in the United States and an astonishing 100 million albums worldwide! Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for a staggering 44 Grammy Awards and has captured 15 of them as well as a total of 14 American Music Awards!
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