Eminem Channels ‘8 Mile’ For His 2010 MTV VMA Performance

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off in fine fashion last night with an opening performance that ranks among — if not at the top of — the night’s highlights. Eminem took to the stage in a much-publicized performance, starting the festivities off with the one-two punch of “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie,” complete with a surprise appearance by “Lie” collaborator Rihanna. The overall production was stellar, but the appearance kicked off with Em in the tight confines of a club-like space not which bore a striking resemblance to the one featured in his big screen debut, “8 Mile.” It was a nice nod to the superstar rapper’s roots, and led to a pretty brilliant reveal of the show’s main stage. Check it out below.