This year Eminem was ready for a comeback, and not like the one he had last year, when he released his subpar Relapse. Instead of writing not-funny pointless raps like We Made You and Ass Like That, Eminem wrote songs with meaning. He brought out his inner storyteller, on his new album Recovery, which was aided by #1 hits such as Not Afraid and Love the Way You Lie. Lie, which he performed with Rihanna became the song of the summer, and the anthem for abusive relationships. The video which starred Megan Fox became the video that reached 1 million views the fastest in the history of YouTube.
His success came with accolades. His music video for Not Afraid earned the rapper 2 MTV Video Music Awards. His album Recovery became the highest selling album of 2010, and he closed off the year with 10 Grammy nominations. In a year which also featured an intimate Rolling Stone cover and a mini-tour with Jay-Z, Eminem did recover.