February 11th, 2011
03:22 PM ET
Eminem, 2010’s best-selling artist and a nominee for 10 Grammy Awards this weekend, has given his first interview in four months – to an eighth-grader.
Fourteen-year-old Annie Reed, a reporter for the Cavalier Corner newspaper at East Hills Middle School in Troy, Michigan, scored the phone interview last week, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Annie told the Free Press that her school newspaper instructor liked her idea of doing a piece on the Detroit rapper, but he wanted more than a biography. He encouraged her to try for the interview.
So the girl tracked down an email address for Eminem’s spokesman and fired off an interview request.
The spokesman, Dennis Dennehy, liked her spunk.
"I just thought, 'Wow, here's a middle school girl from Detroit who has some guts,' " he told the Free Press.
Eminem talked about avoiding mistakes in their 10-minute chat, Annie said.
"He told me that he dropped out of school when he was my age, and I thought about what that would be like for me if I did that right now. Then I thought, 'I like school!' "
Newspaper instructor Kenny Gechter said about 500 copies of the school paper will be available by February 22. And Annie’s big scoop is "definitely front-page material."
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