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Three 6 Mafia wins Oscar
Not only did Three 6 Mafia become the first hip-hop group to perform at the Oscars, the Memphis group took home a trophy. As Eminem's "Lose Yourself" did in 2002, "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" won the Academy Award for Best Song. Ludacris, who co-starred in "Hustle & Flow," introduced Three 6 by listing off odd song titles of Oscar nominees of the past and saying, "You can't judge a song by its title." After the performance, Queen Latifah came to the stage to announce the winner of Best Song and asked, "How did I manage not to be in that number?" Latifah recognized the significance of Three 6 Mafia's win as she read their names from the envelope and covered her mouth in shock. Juicy J, Crunchy Blac and DJ Paul then practically ran to the stage and hurried through a bunch of thank yous, unable to contain the thrill of victory. It was evident to everyone that Three 6 Mafia injected a much-needed boost of energy into a sleepy ceremony, including host Jon Stewart. "I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp," he said, before adding: "How come they're the most excited people here tonight? They are thrilled. That's how you accept an Oscar."
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