Eminem got his name by using the initials of his given name, Marshall Mathers, according to Biography. He used "M&M" as a stage name and eventually switched to the phonetic spelling "Eminem." Eminem's full name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III.
Eminem rose from a difficult childhood, in which he was raised by a single mother and moved frequently, to become one of the best-selling artists in the world. He's a rapper, a record producer, a songwriter and an actor. His many achievements include a Grammy for best rap album and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Billboard Magazine also named him as Artist of the Decade in December 2009.