at the annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards ceremony to honor Dr.
believed in me when not many others did,” Eminem told the
audience. “It would have been a lot easier for Dre to dismiss me
like most people did: What’s with the white guy from Detroit that
raps with a funny voice? But he didn’t. He stepped up to the
challenge because he saw something in me.” Dr. Dre signed Eminem
to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 1998.
Dr. Dre received the award saying he was “living an
incredible life,” and paid tribute to his mother, who got
pregnant with him when she was 15.
Other honorees included Terius “The-Dream” Nash, C.
“Tricky” Stewart, and Ne-Yo as songwriters of the year.
Nash and Stewart collaborated along with others on such hits as
Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and Jamie