Matt Sayles, AP
"This is crazy," Em said when accepting the award. He then thanked his production team, Rihanna, Dr. Dre, his management, Interscope, and ended with a shout out to his hometown. "What up, Detroit!" he represented. "Stand up!"
Em's comeback album 'Relapse' was a shoe-in last year when it went toe-to-toe with a few underdogs, including Mos Def's 'Ecstatic,' Flo Rida's 'R.O.O.T.S.,' Q-Tip's 'The Renaissance' and Common's 'Universal Mind Control.' This time around Eminem had stiffer competition going up against tour mate Jay-Z's 'Blueprint 3.'
'Recovery' -- pegged as the sequel for Em's 2009's 'Relapse' album -- sold 741,000 copies in its first week and debuted on the charts at No. 1. The album spawned the Grammy-nominated hits 'Love the Way You Lie' and 'Not Afraid.'