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"Beautiful" is the fourth and final single from American rapper Eminem's sixth studio album Relapse, and was released on August 11, 2009. The song samples “Reaching Out”, originally recorded by British rock band Rock Therapy. This version of “Reaching Out” is taken from the Queen + Paul Rodgers 2005-2006 tour, which used Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” as the house music. Beautiful was partially written during the first time he went to rehab in 2005, and the song would not be finished until he got clean years later, where he would then add a third verse and place the song on Relapse.[1]

Single by Eminem
from the album Relapse
ReleasedAugust 11, 2009
  • 6:32 (album version)
  • 4:00 (radio edit)
Eminem singles chronology
"3 a.m."
Music video
"Beautiful" on YouTube

Music videoEdit

The video was shot in Detroit, Michigan and was directed by Anthony Mandler. It premiered on July 2, 2009 on Yahoo! music.[2] The video opens with captions stating that "In 1950, Michigan was 1 of 8 states in America that collectively produced 36% of the world's GNP" and that "Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city in the world." It then cuts to present-day images of the city, featuring Eminem walking through three abandoned structures from that era: Michigan Central Station; the former Packard plant; and Tiger Stadium, including demolition footage of the latter. In each location, he is joined by several people appropriate to each building: an older woman with a suitcase, several autoworkers holding their lunchboxes and tools, and a neighborhood youth baseball team, respectively.

Critical receptionEdit

The song received critical acclaim. Rolling Stone called it a "touching attempt at an inspirational ballad". Pitchfork Media claim that "Relapse hits something of a stride with 'Beautiful'".[3] "Beautiful" scored Eminem his ninth straight Top 40 single on the Billboard Hot 100, going back to "Smack That" with Akon. Billboard called the song "epic" and described it as "Part confessional ("I'm just so fucking depressed," begins the track's explicit version) and part "Lose Yourself"-style motivational anthem, "Beautiful" encapsulates the introspective nature of "Relapse" but deviates from the shock tactics that dominate the album" adding that "The song is as much a lighters-in-the-air, arena rock power ballad as it is a lyrical showcase".[4] The song was nominated at the 52nd Grammy Awards in the Best Rap Solo Performance category, but lost to Jay-Z's "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)".[5]

Chart performanceEdit

"Beautiful" entered the UK Singles Chart on May 17, 2009 at number 38 and re-entered at #31 due to massive airplay. It was released as the third UK single after "We Made You" and peaked at #12. It became Eminem's 21st Top 40 single in the UK but also his second official single to miss the Top 10. In the U.S., it debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was on the A-List of the BBC Radio 1 playlist. In the week of July 23, 2009 it re-entered the Hot 100 at #98.[6]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Award Result
2010 Grammy Awards Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
Much Music Video Awards International Video of the Year Nominated

Track listingEdit

Digital Download[7]
Digital Single[8]
2."Beautiful" (music video)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
  • Bass
  • Black
  • Hill
Total length:10:53
CD Single[9]
2."3 a.m." (Travis Barker remix)Dr. Dre5:20
Total length:11:52
Digital EP[10]
1."Beautiful" (radio edit)Eminem4:00
  • Mathers
  • Resto
  • Bass
  • Black
  • Hill
3."Beautiful" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
  • Bass
  • Black
  • Hill
4."3 a.m." (Travis Barker remix)Dr. Dre5:20
Total length:22:29


Credits adapted from Relapse digital booklet.

  • Songwriters: M. Mathers, L. Resto, J. Bass, D. Black, A. Hill
  • Recorded by: Mike Strange at 54 Sound in Ferndale, Michigan
  • Assistant engineers: Tony Campana at 54 Sound in Ferndale, Michigan
  • Mixed by: Eminem and Mike Strange at Effigy Studios
  • Keyboards by: Jeffrey Bass and Luis Resto
  • Bass and guitar by: Jeffrey Bass
  • Samples: Contains samples from "Reaching Out" by Queen + Paul Rodgers, written by Don Black and Andy Hill



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[26] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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  26. ^ "American single certifications – Eminem – Beautiful". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 28, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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