Eminem and his look-a-likes at rehearsals for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 9/6/00 (Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)

“Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” It was that one prolific line that has stuck through pop culture and is still celebrated today but when it was performed at the 2000 MTV Music Awards did the full weight of its influence become apparent. Held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, modern rap legend Eminem entered the famed venue with a huge cohort of similarly dressed counterparts as he sung the early ’00 hit.

Donned in a signature white racerback singlet and low-waisted baggy sweatpants, the then-27-year-old begun his epic performance outside, before moving through the A-list crowd with his army of Marshall Mathers.  His fan-base proved to be wide-reaching as he danced with a range of celebrities and shaking hands with Carson Daly before moving on stage. There, he belted out another chart topping hit ‘The Way I Am’.

His 2000 performance has been dubbed as career defining for a number of reasons. Firstly, a performance had never been conducted where it started outside and was brought onto the stage while the creativity to incorporate 100 clones was something that had never been explored either.

The 2000 VMAs also included a memorable performance from a pre-2007 Brittany Spears, N SYNC’s epic medley as well as a performance from Blink-182. And all you have to do is scroll through the red carpet images to spot Pink with, well, hot pink hair and The Rock dressed in metallic gold pants and vest. We’ll let you put that in google.

Check out Eminem’s performance below.

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