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January 31, 2001 - New York Times music critic Bob Herbert is putting Eminem on blast saying, "No image is too vile... Not even mom is immune... the singer's mother, as debased as any other woman, is ordered to prepare herself for sex with her son. Album of the year? Only a lunatic could think this was the finest album of the year."

January 31, 2001 - Dido will join Eminem at the Brit Awards to help perform his hit Stan, according to the Sun. An insider revealed, "Getting Eminem was our biggest coup and this duet with Dido will be sensational."

January 31, 2001 - The British tabloids are reporting that Eminem has banned groupies from his European tour, according to Worldpop.

January 30, 2001 - Eminem has been added to the line-up at this year's Brit Awards. A Eminem source told the Sun, "We're keeping everything under wraps. But let me just say that it will blow your British minds. It was touch and go if Eminem was going to make it for the Brits. But his record label have applied pressure and he's definitely going to be there."

January 28, 2001 - Pink told Worldpop her and Eminem are not an item saying, "I'm not going out with him. I've only actually met him once and that was at the MTV VMA Awards last year. He's very nice. He's not what I thought or what a lot of other people thought. He's cool but I'm over him."

January 28, 2001 - KPIX reports a San Franciscobased group dedicated to stopping domestic violence, The Family Violence Prevention Fund, is launching a "No to Eminem" campaign in anticipation of the upcoming Grammy Awards. The executive director of the group, Esta Soler, said, "We're not saying he doesn't have the right to sing his songs but the line we're drawing is honoring him and celebrating him in front of millions of people and saying this is the best we have. His messages are hate-filled."

January 28, 2001 - An Eminem spokesman says the rapper will donate a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming pay-per-view special to Boys and Girls Republic, a Detroit-based school for troubled youths.

January 28, 2001 - Eminem has been nominated as Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Artist - Rap, and Favorite CD (The Marshall Mathers LP), in the Seventh Annual Blockbuster Awards. The show will air April 11th on FOX.

January 25, 2001 - Tiger Beat reports postive comments from Justin on Eminem though less than positive comments on O-Town. Says Justin, "Eminem, it's cool to me. We got free promotion on his album. ... We think he's talented." And of O-Town? "I'm almost positive that they don't have a clue what's going on," says Timberlake. "I kind of look back and I feel like that's what we were like."

January 25, 2001 - Jay-Z talks about Eminem to USA Weekend in an upcoming issue saying, "I heard Eminem say he raps to get a reaction out of Dre. He was just writing the sickest shit just to hear him laugh." Also more comments from Eminem's mother at Salon.com about Eminem being shy and "not his tough guy." Read more.

January 22, 2001 - News on D12 in Entertainment Weekly, as they report D12's first single, Purple Pills, is due out in February, with the albut out in March. Proof told EW, "Em made a pact with us that if any one of us [got successful], that individual would come back and get the group."

January 21, 2001 - Megastar reports Eminem is upsetting fellow members of Crunch gym in Los Angeles by bringing in bodyguards to his workouts. A witness complains, "It's ridiculous. Crunch is always full of stars and no one else brings a minder."

January 21, 2001 - Worldpop has added a new Eminem page which includes an interview with the rapper. Check it out here.

January 21, 2001 - Eminem is featured here in an autographed picture auction on ebay. The photo, item #1405181570, is bid at $9.95 and ends January 22nd.

January 21, 2001 - Worldpop reports Brit nominated singer Craig David is voicing his support for Eminem, saying "I think he's absolutely wicked. I think he has morals behind all of his stories and tunes. He plays characters as well as coming across as a very serious rapper."

January 21, 2001 - GLAAD is organizing a protest of Eminem outside the Grammys on February 21st. In a statement on their website, GLAAD said, "Eminem's lyrics do more than glorify violence against lesbians, gay men, transgender people and women -- they also give permission for young people to abuse and harass people who are 'different,' numbing them to the damaging impact of homophobia and misogyny." For more information, click here.

January 20, 2001 - Eminem cancelled a Manchester fan meeting due to threats of protest against the rapper, reports Megastar. Read more.

January 19, 2001 - MTVasia reports Eminem's Stan has debuted at #6 on the Australian charts, putting the #1 song by Gwyneth Paltrow no less in jeopardy of losing its reign.

January 18, 2001 - A reader suggested to E! Online's Ted Casablanca that she's sick of reading about "girl stuff" like Britney or Christina instead wanting to hear about Eminem. Ted replied, "So, the chainsaw-championing Eminem is more your speed? Oh, please. He's just as girly-girl as they come: bleached, bothered and obsessed with the boys."

January 17, 2001 - Eminem has been nominated as Best International Male Solo Artist in the 2001 Brit Awards.

January 17, 2001 - MTVasia is reporting comments from Grammy boss Pierre Cossette and his wanting Em to appear on the show. Cossette explains, "I'm sure he will appear but he has to come in with his people and discuss what he wants to do. I don't like his stuff. I don't want my grandkids listening to this kind of stuff but you have to be philosophical the Grammys are voted on by 18,000 academy members. As for all the protests, that happened with Elvis. That happens with anybody the kids appreciate and the parents hate."

January 13, 2001 - Entertainment Weekly reported on the Eminem Grammy saga in the latest issue, where Grammy voter Bob Garcia admits, "There's a good chance he will get it. We still have some of the old faces, but the Academy is starting to think younger." The Grammys and CBS also want Eminem to perform but that's still a question mark.

January 13, 2001 - American Music Award Favorite New Country Artist nominee Alicia Elliot told Entertainment Weekly, "I want to meet Eminem. He's a very handsome man and I like to listen to his music."

January 13, 2001 - In Spin's Readers Poll 2000, Eminem was named Best Hip-Hop Artist, and Hype of the Year.

January 12, 2001 - MTV reports DJ Clue's second mixtape-style CD, The Professional, Part II, will feature cuts from Eminem and DMX, amongst others. The album hits stores on February 27th.

January 10, 2001 - Eminem will be playing a private concert in Los Angeles for 1500 guests. 1000 tickets for the show are currently being auctioned on Amazon.com. Top bid so far is $1,025, but minimum bid is still around $50 as I write this. The same show is on Pay-Per-View on February 17th.

January 10, 2001 - Eminem will be able to appear in the UK after all after a judge allowed him to travel, according to Megastar. A Eminem spokesman said, "Conditions had been imposed that restricted his movement. They have now been lifted. Eminem knows how big he is in the UK and other parts of Europe, so he was keen to put on a show for the fans. I'm sure they will be delighted that the judge understood the situation."

Janary 10, 2001 - *NSYNC were on Larry King last night and when the subject of Eminem was brought up, Chris Kirkpatrick replied that he had Eminem's CD in his car and thought it's funny that he's singing Em's song aloud in his car where Eminem makes fun of *NSYNC.

January 7, 2001 - Worldpop reports that Grammy award organizers have received thousands of phone calls and emails from people upset about Eminem getting 4 award nominations.

January 7, 2001 - Worldpop reports Eminem may boycott the Grammy awards citing his lyrics where he states, "You think I give a damn about a Grammy?" Em's manager Paul Rosenberg told Worldpop, "I wouldn't count on it, I can't speak for him but we've all heard what he's said in his music."

January 6, 2001 - Grammy President Michael Greene is commenting on his colleagues behalf on their controversial nomination of Eminem in four categories. Greene tells MTVasia Eminem is "repugnant" but also "remarkable" adding, "He hates everybody. He hates himself. He's got some pretty screwed-up ideas in his head but in a lot of ways it's also one of the most remarkable records of the year."

January 4, 2001 - Interesting piece by mtvasia.com about Eminem and his plight with his fans. While he continues to get rich by them, they've made him a top 10 act where he primarily is grouped with the very pop bands he hates.

January 4, 2001 - Foxnews.com's Roger Friedman said of Eminem's Grammy nods, "Considering that the rest of best album nominations are like Tylenol PM , I will admit that Eminem is a welcome inclusion at this year's Grammy awards."

January 4, 2001 - Eminem has been nominated for Album of the Year (The Marshall Mathers LP), Best Rap Solo Performance (The Real Slim Shady), Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (Forgot About Dre), and Best Rap Album in the 43rd annual Grammy Awards to be held at Los Angeles' Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS on February 21st. For a complete list of the nominees, click here.

January 4, 2001 - In an Abstracts.net poll asking if Eminem will still be a force in music 5 years from now, 87.3% said indeed he would, while 12.7% of the 1851 total respondents said he wouldn't.

January 4, 2001 - In an Abstracts.net poll asking if they thought DMX was dissing Eminem in Party Up, 62.2% said he wasn't, while 37.8% of the 658 total respondents said he was.

January 2, 2001 - Here's an interesting article from Robert Hilburn ahead of the Grammy Award nominations where he talks about how the panel faces difficult decisions on whether to nominate Eminem and/or *NSYNC for best album.

January 1, 2001 - Rav Singh of News of the World gave his 2000 The Ravta Foul-Mouthed Fun for "making hip-hop global and for his saucy, sizzling war of words with Britney."

January 1, 2001 - Rav Singh of News of the World reports Debbie Mathers has dropped her lawsuit against Eminem and has had secret talks with him to end their feud.

January 1, 2001 - Gay artist Sir Elton John is declaring his favorite album of the year is Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP". Elton says, "My favorite would have to be something by Eminem. His new album is probably the best album I've heard this year. It's what rock music is all about. It's in your face. It's controversial. It's really, really well produced, it's rough and it's got everything. That's definitely my album of the year."

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