By Erica Moore Friday, December 30th, 2011
For anyone that missed Eminem's comeback in 2010, the Detroit rap superstar carried the momentum into 2011 and continued to ride a wave of goodwill that sustained him throughout the year. His 2010 album, Recovery was anamed the best selling album worldwide at the end of the year, and Em entered 2011 named the Hottest MC in the Game by MTV News, Emcee of the Year by HipHopDX. As the year progressed, it became hard to dispute either of those titles.
Becoming a fixture at awards shows, Eminem appeared on the 2011 Grammy Awards performing "Love the Way You Lie" alongside Rihanna and Adam Levine. On the concert circuit, Eminem also appeared at Lollapalooza, performing a loose retrospective of some of his biggest career hits.
Eminem reunited with old friend Royce Da 5'9 as Bad Meets Evil, and the duo released one of 2011s most acclaimed EPs. The project, Hell: The Sequel, was released in June of 2011 to rave reviews from critics and fans. His older albums The Eminem Show and The Marshall Mathers LP were also both certified diamond--within days of each other--in 2011. He also set a Facebook record by becoming the artist with the most 'Likes' on the popular social networking site, surpassing Lady Gaga, Rihanna and even legendary pop megastar Michael Jackson.
Not limited to just his white-hot hip hop career, Eminem also was announced as the lead in an upcoming major motion picture, his first starring role in a film since 2002s 8 Mile. The rapper will appear in Antoine Fuqua's drama Southpaw as a troubled boxer. Also, his Shady Records roster also expanded and became one of the most talked-about imprints in hip hop, with newcomer Yelawolf and supergroup Slaughterhouse among the more acclaimed acts under Em's brand. He was also featured in an acclaimed commercial for Chrysler Automotive; the 'Made In Detroit' clip became the most popular Super Bowl ad and won numerous industry awards.